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As tough as soldiers are, they are not immune...

Written by: Marian Benz Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jada Leahy (right), a general surgeon at Naval Hospital Pensacola, and Michelle Wilkes, a breast health specialist, talks to a patient about breast cancer. (U.S. Navy photo by Jason Bortz) Let’s face it, our military personnel are pretty tough. It doesn’t matter if they are male or female, soldiers are trained to thrive in the toughest situations. Soldiers are my heroes.However, our common humanity means they can get cancer like everyone else. It makes sense that as servicewomen age, their incidence rates for breast cancer increase as well. Surprisingly though, even young servicewomen, like the older servicewomen, get diagnosed at a rate higher than civ

ARE THERE REALLY WOMEN IN THE VA? IS THERE REALLY A NEED FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH PRODUCTS?

Written by: Marian Benz Before any organization considers promoting its product in the Veterans Health Administration (VA), one of the first things it should consider is whether their product is relevant in the market.  Does it align to the unique needs of the population? A big challenge for most manufacturers, however, is to even understand who the VA patients are before they can delve into the unique needs of those patients. Although the VA comprises approximately 90% male veterans, there are approximately two (2) million women veterans in the US, and that number is steadily increasing. Approximately 40% of women veterans use the VA for some or all of their healthcare.   As well, after an

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