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

Updated: Jun 25, 2020

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 civilians.

The great thing is that they have access to comprehensive care. The US military offers world-leading cancer care through various centers across the nation.  

One such treatment center is the John P. Murtha Cancer Center (MCC) at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC).  The MCC at Walter Reed is a tri-service military healthcare facility operating the DoD Cancer Center of Excellence and within, the Center of Excellence for Breast Care (CBCP). 

It is our national responsibility to provide our soldiers, their families and veterans the best possible care available. For soldiers with breast cancer, I feel that we are giving them just that – through the military health system itself.

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For more information on the MCC visit: 

#breastcancer #veterans #servicewomen #breastcancerawareness

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