VA encouraging women veterans to get screened for breast cancer

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The VA Northern Indiana Health Care System (VANIHCS) is encouraging women veterans to get screened for breast cancer during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“VANIHCS encourages all women Veterans to speak with their health care providers about breast health and get checked and treated for breast cancer,” said Michael Hershman, Director of VANIHCS. “We recognize that some Veterans may have missed their regularly scheduled mammogram due to COVID-19 and encourage women Veterans to reach out to their VA health care provider to get one scheduled.”

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and throughout the year, VANIHCS said it offers high quality women’s health care, including breast care services.

“VA leads the nation’s health care systems in providing mammograms to those who need them. Every VA medical center has a Women Veterans Program Manager to ensure women Veterans have access to appropriate care and treatment,” VANIHCS said.

Breast care resources available through VA include screening and diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasound and MRI, genetic counseling and testing, cancer treatment and more. VA recommends regular breast cancer screening for women who are 45 years of age and older, though some women may choose to start screening with yearly mammograms as early as age 40. Women are encouraged to talk with their VA primary care provider team about what is best for them and schedule their mammogram.

For more information, please contact VANIHCS Breast Care Navigator at 260 426-5431 ext. 72114

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