Breast Cancer Awareness

Sailors stand in pink ribbon formation for breast cancer awareness

We get advice almost every day. The advice from your neighbor to use club soda to get out stains. The advice from your dentist to floss every day. The advice from your best friend to go blonde. Obviously, some of these “helpful ideas” are better than others, but the point is that we are constantly inundated with reminders and tips that often go ignored without any repercussions. Then there are the reminders that could save your life.

According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime, which translates to more than 200,000 new breast cancer diagnoses each year.  As the second most common cancer among American women, all women are at risk for breast cancer, with risk increasing with age. What is the best defense? Early detection.

October is breast cancer awareness month, and Health Net Federal Services is recognizing women in the military community for their service and sacrifice, along with reminding them to take the time to maintain their health.  Most importantly, Health Net Federal Services is working to promote and support TRICARE’s breast cancer screening benefit. Although the awareness campaign this month focuses on raising the screening average in TRICARE’s North Region, it is important to note that annual screenings are available to women in every region of the TRICARE network. All spouses, beginning at age 40, are eligible to receive a free annual screening mammogram without a referral, covered by TRICARE. Are you up-to-date on your annual mammogram screening?

How will you raise awareness this month? With your family? With your friends? Within your community?

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Submitted by: momof4
October 31, 2012
Comment: I didn't know screenings were covered by TRICARE. Glad to know my health care coverage is at work for me!

Submitted by: momof4
October 29, 2012
Comment: I didn't know screenings were covered by TRICARE. Glad to know my health care coverage is at work for me!

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