The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is encouraging women Veterans who are overdue for screenings like mammograms, pap smears, colonoscopies or any other preventive testing, to get those scheduled or rescheduled as soon as possible. In the early months of the COVID-19 outbreak, medical facilities across the U.S., including VA, were forced to suspend annual preventative care screenings and elective procedures to preserve medical resources and prevent spread of the virus.

VA recommends that women who are 45 to 74 years old, and are at average risk for breast cancer, get a mammogram every two years. Women who are 40 to 49 years old should talk to their doctor about when to start and how often to get a mammogram.

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