Breast Cancer Practice Patterns at VA Hospitals: Implications for Future Research

  • Denise M. Hynes
  • Edward HinesJr.
  • Lori A. Bastian
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 97)


Cancer incidence among women veterans has been estimated to be twice that of the general population.[1] Current estimates that one out of nine American women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime [2], translates into an estimated 133,000 veterans who will develop breast cancer. Currently there are over 1.2 million women veterans in the United States and approximately 10% of active duty military officers and enlisted personnel are women.[1,3] One out of every ten women veterans have used inpatient services at a VA hospital since leaving the service.[3] In particular, the use of breast cancer screening and treatment services by female veterans has been substantial and is increasing steadily. In Fiscal Year (FY) 1994, over 1,300 women had a breast cancer-related admission to a VA hospital.[4] With the current breast cancer incidence estimates, the aging of the women veteran population and the increasing demand for women ’s health care services at VA hospitals — and for breast cancer care in particular — practice patterns at VA hospitals can have dramatic impacts on the health of women veterans.


Breast Cancer Breast Cancer Screening Practice Pattern Hormone Receptor Status Breast Biopsy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Denise M. Hynes
    • 1
  • Edward HinesJr.
    • 1
  • Lori A. Bastian
    • 2
  1. 1.VA HospitalLoyola UniversityChicago
  2. 2.Durham VA Medical CenterDuke UniversityDurham

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