Gulf War Veterans need to be made aware of the following articles. Alert for all female veterans you know the drill! Self Breast Checks often and Mammograms. VA does provide this, so make use of that service!
Male Veterans yes you too can get breast cancer. Again our females will have to teach you the principles of breast self exams. Basically you work in a clockwise pattern and outward and inner in direction from the clock face. If you palpate any lumps or bumps under the skin GET IN TO A DOCTOR for further Assessment!
Also checks should also extend to lymph nodes in the arm pits.
I already know quite a few female gulf war veterans that have had breast cancers. I would also recommend that all print this out and provide to health care providers, fellow veterans, etc. Also I would recommend sharing on facebook pages personal and veteran groups facebook pages and specific gulf war veteran unit facebook pages. I would also reccommend we use all social networks ie Twitter information.
We need mass communications. Also try to get your local media and newspapers to cover the issues. Email media contacts in your area. I also recommend you get in touch with your US Representatives and Senators and get their staffer’s email and keep them in the flow of information. VSO’s should also get this information for their post newsletters and magazines. Each Veteran can do their part! Each citizen should be helping!
Here are the stories about Breast Cancer in Iraq from the American Association for Cancer Research
Breast cancer continues to rise in Iraq, and scientists have established the Iraqi National Cancer Research Program to better understand the underlying molecular and environmental causes in an effort to curb the incidence of cancer.
“Breast cancer is the most common type of malignancy recorded in the cancer registries of almost all countries within the Eastern Mediterranean Region. In Iraq, the continuous rise in the incidence rate is associated with an obvious trend to affect pre-menopausal women,” said Nada A.S. Alwan, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Breast Cancer Research Unit at Baghdad University Medical College and the executive director of the newly established Iraqi National Cancer Research Program. Read more
Please take the time to watch this special report on Inflammatory Breast Cancer. It affects ages 16 on up. There is no cure but early detection can prolong your life or the life of your daughter, your wife, your mother, your sister, your friend. Please take the time to inform yourself.