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Milwaukee VA educating people during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Milwaukee VA educating people during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Jaclyn Brandt. CREATED Oct 16, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct 16, 2013

MILWAUKEE - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the focus on Wednesday is on breast reconstruction after surgery.

The Milwaukee VA is hosting an event aimed to educate people about all options is available to veterans who go through treatment.

There will be education booths from the American Cancer Society and other organizations from 8 a.m. to noon, including representatives from women's health, general surgery, plastic surgery, radiation and oncology, mental health, and physical therapy.

The Milwaukee VA offers the full range of breast cancer treatment, reconstruction surgery options and prosthetic breasts.

"One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, but in that group, only three out of 10 are even offered plastic surgery consults and options," said Sherry Wiesner, a registered nurse and plastic surgery facilitator at the VA. "This is a very traumatic situation for a woman to go through, and we want them to know they have options because as more female veterans come into the VA, they need to know we are here for them.

The event takes place 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Matousek Auditorium at the Milwaukee VA at 5000 W. National Avenue. The event is free and open to everyone in the community.