'One of the highest forms of cancer among our service members and veterans is breast cancer,' US Congressman Leonard L. Boswell once said. Military women are 20-40% more likely to get diagnosed with breast cancer than other women of the same age group. A 2009 study suggests that this is because military women are more likely to be engaged in industrial jobs than females in the general population and more likely to be exposed to chemicals that may be related to breast cancer.
This is why the nonprofit organization Vets Fighting Breast Cancer strives to raise awareness about the issue and provide resources for military women and men who are suffering from breast cancer. Their website includes resources and donation information.