Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
VA Leads Nation in Breast Cancer Screening
Did you know that VA leads the nation in breast cancer screening? VA provides a higher percentage of mammograms to the women who need them than any other healthcare system in the country, including private sector organizations. Early detection and screenings with mammography can save lives. The numbers of deaths have declined over the last decade partly because of increased screening. The best screening test is a mammogram, essentially a breast x-ray. Mammograms are recommended for women starting at age 50. A mammogram can be performed at a VA facility, or your doctor can refer you to a nearby center for a mammogram. Breast cancer screening is an important benchmark for quality of care.
Breast cancer screening is important, because it is the best way to detect cancer early. When localized breast cancer is discovered early, patients have a 99 percent survival rate. VA encourages all women between ages 50 and 75 to get mammograms every two years. If your health care provider recommends a mammogram outside of that age range, VA will still provide it. Explore your risk with your health care team – they can help determine when you should start receiving mammograms and how you can reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, following lung cancer. Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. Reduce your risk and increase your chances. Talk with your health care provider about how. For more information, contact your Primary Care Provider at Truman VA.