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Early Detection Saves Lives

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Women Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have lived the historical turning point for women's involvement in U.S. military operations. This generation is part of the largest group of female soldiers in the Nation's history. They are leaders and survivors.

As these women Veterans seek VA for care, VA North Texas Health Care System is focusing on improving access to breast screenings and coordination of other health care services specifically targeted for women.

VA North Texas opened a new mammography imaging suite at Dallas VA Medical Center in March that dramatically changed the way care is being provided to women Veterans. Complete with upscale, spa-like furnishings, cozy waiting areas and a changing room, the suite provides an extra level of comfort for women. 

Providing a dedicated space for women Veterans makes it more convenient when it's time for their well woman's visit. "Women born in the United States have a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer in their life time, " said Soume Foshee, M.D., section chief of the Women's Imaging Suite.  "Annual breast screening mammograms are the first steps of early detection which is critical to breast cancer survival."
 


The best way to find breast cancer early is with a mammogram. The American College of Radiology
recommends women age 40 years or older have a screening mammogram every year.


Women ages 40 to 50 and those older than 75 should talk with their providers about the risks and benefits of having mammograms and make a decision based on their individual risk factors. When you see pink this month, remember to educate yourself, or someone you love, about breast cancer.

If you are or know a woman Veteran and would like more information about VA's women health services, please call 214-857-1938 or 214-929-6762 or visit http://www.northtexas.va.gov/services/women.asp.

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