The VA San Diego Healthcare System is going pink on Oct. 27 in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Employees and patients are highly encouraged to dress in pink on that day to recognize the observance, which calls attention to the detection and prevention of Breast Cancer throughout the year. The disease will affect one in eight women during their lifetime. Men are also diagnosed, although not as frequently as women.
“The chance of dying from breast cancer has slowly decreased over the past two decades, in part because of breast cancer screening programs,” said Dr. Robin Moyer, women’s medical director for VASDHS. “The goal of screening is to detect a cancer early, before it causes symptoms or spreads to other sites in the body. This is generally done with a low dose X-ray known as a mammogram.”
VA encourages all women between ages 50 and 75 to get mammograms every two years, but cautions that women over 75 should talk to their provider about the risks and benefits of a mammogram before making a decision.
While mammograms can detect cancer, they do not prevent its occurrence. According to the American Cancer Society, women can reduce the risk of breast cancer by limiting alcohol use, exercising regularly and staying at a healthy weight. Breast feeding for a few months after childbirth and avoidance of hormonal therapy after menopause were also linked to reduction in breast cancer rates.
For more information on breast cancer, visit www.myhealth.va.gov. Click on Go to My HealtheVet, Enter Here button. From there, click on Research Health; then click on Diseases and Condition Centers; and finally click on Breast Cancer Center.
To find out more about local breast cancer screening and treatment, please call Jennifer Roberts at (858) 642-3676 or e-mail Jennifer.Roberts8@va.gov
Also, be sure to visit the breast cancer informational table set up in the SCI Atrium on Oct. 27 between 9:00 and 11:30 a.m.