Female veterans in Congress want newer breast cancer screening technology for Tricare users

Female veterans in Congress want newer breast cancer screening technology for Tricare users

by Nikki Wentling
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — Active-duty service members and other women who use Tricare for their medical treatment would benefit from the latest technology for breast cancer screening under new legislation expected to be introduced Thursday in the House and the Senate.

The Better and Robust Screening Today Act, or BRST Act, would require Tricare to offer digital breast tomosythesis as a primary and preventive health care service to military members, retirees and their families.

Digital breast tomosynthesis, referred to as DBT, builds a three-dimensional image of a breast to better detect and diagnose breast cancer, especially for women with dense breast tissue.

The technology is already available to women who use Medicare or the Department of Veterans Affairs for their health care. Tricare, though, covers only mammograms with two-dimensional images, which some lawmakers say is a suboptimal standard of care.

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