VA Boasts Highest Breast Cancer Screening Rate with 87% of Female Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been one of the leaders in screening female veterans for breast cancer for several years. In a recent press release, the VA announced that for the 15th consecutive year their health facilities have outperformed non-VA health care systems in screening rates for breast cancer in eligible women.

The report shows that nearly 87 percent of eligible female veterans received mammograms in 2010, while 71 percent of eligible women received the screening in the private sector. Medicare had a screening rate of 69 percent of eligible women, while the screening rate for Medicaid was at 51 percent.

With the population of female veterans who use the VA nearly doubling since 2000, according to the VA, the agency has been focusing on more female-specific health concerns such as disability from breast cancer. Mammograms are available for all female veterans and 45 of the VA facilities provide on-site digital mammography. Some facilities offer walk-in services and many have same-day ultrasounds.

Disability from breast cancer can come in many forms, from the development of other related health conditions to adverse side effects from treatment. Female veterans who are diagnosed with breast cancer may be eligible to file a claim for veterans’ disability benefits if the disease is service-related. A veterans’ disability attorney may guide you through the process.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from Veterans Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today 1-855-855-8992.