Cancer screenings save lives: Schedule your VA screening today
preventive screenings can catch cancer at an earlier stage before you
notice symptoms, improving the chances that treatment will be
successful. VA recommends routine screenings for four cancers: lung,
colon and rectal (colorectal), breast and cervical.
When scheduling a screening, remember to be persistent, ask about all your options and if you miss a VA call, please call back.
VA doctor perform revolutionary “awake” hand surgeries
VA surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Baker performed the first ever “awake” carpal
tunnel surgery at the Charlotte VA Health Care Center. On his opening
day, he performed five “awake” surgeries.
At 10-15 minutes per procedure, Baker can help a lot of Veterans.
going to do whatever we can to improve access to care, whether that’s
streamlining a procedure or bringing the care to another facility like
we’re doing in Charlotte,” said Salisbury VA director Joseph Vaughn.
VA community partnerships help Veterans find justice in California
Alto VA social workers are working with community partners like Bay
Area Legal Aid to identify Veterans with civil legal problems and
medical issues to provide free legal aid and health coverage.
partnership “plays a role in the Veteran’s pursuit of whole-health
recovery as it increases their access to a much-needed resource,” said
Lori Buelna, supervising social worker at VA Palo Alto.
What can you do to reduce your risk of breast cancer?
cancer is the second most common cancer in women and can also affect
men. There are things you can do to help lower your risk for breast
cancer like reducing alcohol intake, maintaining a healthy weight and
getting enough exercise. For mothers, breast feeding, if you are able,
also reduces your risk.
A VA dietitian can help you find ways to adopt healthy habits like establishing a healthy meal plan or exercise routine.