Health & Safety

October 5, 2012

The #1 way to survive breast cancer

One woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes.*

And every 13 minutes, a woman will die from this disease. Yet, more than 2 million survivors of breast cancer are living in the U.S. today.* Do you know what that means?

Even if you’ve been diagnosed, there is still hope.

 

Mammograms Save Lives; TRICARE Covers Them

The sooner you detect breast cancer, the better your chance of survival. And a mammogram is one of the best ways to detect it early enough for successful treatment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say having regular mammograms can lower your risk of dying from breast cancer, in general.

Just remember to also follow up with your doctor for a clinical breast exam and continue your monthly self-exams.

TRICARE covers mammograms for women starting at age 40. For those considered at high risk for breast cancer, TRICARE begins covering mammograms at 35 years old. Best of all, these screening mammograms are at no cost to you.

 

Early Warning Signs of Breast Cancer

 

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in American women, other than skin cancer, according to the CDC. So, what are some of the earliest warning signs?

 

· A new lump in the breast or armpit

· Thickening or swelling of the breast

· Nipple discharge, other than breast milk, including blood

· Change in size or shape of the breast

· Pain in any area of the breast

 

If you are concerned about any of these symptoms, visit your doctor immediately.

 

Where Can You Get Your Mammogram?

Your doctor can give you some options where you can conveniently get a mammogram. Your closest option might be at a military clinic or a local imaging center–sometimes these are called radiology centers. To have your mammogram at no cost, make sure that:

 

· Your mammography center is TRICARE-authorized.

· If you’re on TRICARE Prime, your mammography center is in the TRICARE network. If not, you will need a referral from your primary doctor.

 

For more information on breast cancer prevention, visit TriWest.com/Prevention.

 

* Information pulled from Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

News Briefs January 23, 2015

Fitz-Gerald pedestrian crossing work Through next week, road work will be taking place near the Fitz-Gerald Blvd. and Doolittle Parkway intersections, which is located in the housing area near Chapel 2. This work will result in better visibility of the pedestrian crossings and make crossing at these locations easier and safer for all. Fitz-Gerald and...
 
 
juveniel-court

JIC aims to maintain good order, morale, discipline

In the Sept. 9, 2014, Desert Wings, an article titled Vandalism costs school district $12,000.î The story was about damage that occurred at Bailey Elementary School. The 412th Test Wing has taken to address not only that insta...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash

SecAF, CSAF discuss future of the Air Force

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James deliver their, “State of the Air Force,” press conference Jan. 15, 2015, in Washi...
 

 
Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber

Driving on base could make you eligible for gas tax refund

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber The state of California may refund taxes paid on gasoline to residents who use the gasoline while driving on a military installation. Claims must be submitted to the California State Contro...
 
 

Air Force senior leadership addresses need to stabilize RPA enterprise

During a State of the Air Force address held at the Pentagon, Jan 15, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James announced immediate preliminary steps to develop a get-well plan to improve the health of the MQ-1B Predator and MQ-9 Reaper enterprise in light of extensive combatant commander operational needs. (Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance)...
 
 

AFIMSC headquarters site announced

Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas,†was selected as the host base for the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Headquarters. Air Force officials chose the installation after analyzing operational considerations, installation attributes, economic and environmental factors at four candidate locations. “Following site surveys at the four candidate locations, we ultimately ...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>