Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
It is that time of year again. The leaves are changing colors, making us aware that fall will soon be here. One color that stands out this month is PINK, the symbol for breast cancer awareness. PINK is worn to honor someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and for awareness about detection, symptoms and treatment.
One way to detect breast cancer is by getting a mammogram. This is an x-ray of the breast and can show problems when there are no symptoms. Mammograms are a quick x-ray often taking less than 20 minutes. Women age 50 through 74 should have a mammogram every two years, more frequently if you have risk factors for breast cancer.
Sherry Melton is an Army Veteran (four years active & two years reserves) who also works at Truman VA. Sherry urges all women Veterans to get a mammogram. She says, “I was told that a mammogram was painful. The degree of discomfort varies from person to person and I felt no pain when I had my mammogram.” Fear of discomfort should not be a reason to put off getting a mammogram. Sherry has a close friend who was able to catch her breast cancer at an early stage, because she got a mammogram. Sherry is thankful that mammograms help save so many lives.
Truman VA is hosting a “PINK Out Day” encouraging all Veterans, staff and visitors to support Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing PINK and visiting the Pink Pumpkin lobby displays on Friday, October 21. There also will be informational tables, hosted by the University of Missouri Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, the American Cancer Society, and Truman VA in the Truman VA lobby from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Questions about mammograms? Talk with your VA primary care provider today. Routine mammograms can save your life!