William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While great progress has been made to combat breast cancer, it remains a very common disease. Breast cancer affects people of all ages and races, with about 1.3 million new diagnoses each year. Breast cancer mostly affects women—besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the leading type of cancer among women, with almost 200,000 women diagnosed in the United States each year.
Despite progress in research and understanding of the disease, there is still no cure. However, because of increased awareness, early detection, and better treatments, people affected by breast cancer now have a greater chance of survival than ever before. Through proper screening—breast exams and mammograms—breast cancer can be detected early, which is the key to better outcomes. Women should talk with their health care providers regularly about screening, risk factors, and prevention.
We encourage you to participate in a “pink out” on Wednesday October 19th to show support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please join your VA colleagues and others around the country in showing support for women, men, and families affected by breast cancer by wearing something pink. In addition to the “pink out” there are many other ways to get involved this month. Please visit the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month website or the South Central Wisconsin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the cure.