Salisbury VA Medical Center promotes mammography at Charlotte VA Health Care Center during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) – Press release: During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the VA would like to remind everyone that breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women and the most common cancer among women in the United States.

With over 300,000 new cases estimated for 2022 and over 40,000 deaths, we encourage all women, especially female veterans who can visit VA health facilities, to get checked early and often, to help reduce the serious impact of breast cancer.

VA has long offered mammograms to female veterans at the WG “Bill” Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury. But you might not know that the Charlotte Health Care Center in VA also has a 3D mammography unit and veterans can also book appointments for screenings at the Charlotte VA HCC.

The Charlotte Health Care Center mammography unit has been in operation for 3 years. Mammography Charlotte has experienced strong growth since its opening. Last year, the facility performed 1,120 exams and was able to refer 5 veterans for treatment. Veterans have the option of using VA oncology services if needed or they can coordinate their care with community providers.

Women have a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer, or one case every 12 minutes. Most of them have no family history of breast cancer.

But we can reduce the odds with exercise, which experts say can help reduce the risk by about ten percent, proper nutrition and diet, avoiding tobacco, and regular checkups. You can even do it yourself!

Mammograms are used for screening and diagnosis. They can detect changes that could be cancerous and they can be used to study the changes to assess the results more closely. Studies have shown that the procedure is nearly 90% accurate and highly effective in helping to reduce the incidence of serious or fatal outcomes.

“We’re really pleased with the success we’ve had with Charlotte’s mammography unit,” said Geoffrey Lamke, MD, Charlotte’s chief radiology officer. “I couldn’t be more proud of our staff and their commitment to serving our nation’s heroes.

Veterans can register for VA Health Care online and registered veterans can contact the Charlotte Health Care Center for mammograms at 704-638-3390.

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