Preventing, diagnosing and treating breast cancer: An update

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Guests: Susan Domchek and Generosa Grana

One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Furthermore, according to a new study from the National Cancer Institute, that number will increase significantly over the next 15 years, particularly among baby-boomers. Researchers predict there will be a rise in hormone receptive breast cancers which are easier to treat and a decline in hormone negative cancers which are more challenging. The good news is that we now know more about the genetics of breast cancer which has led to the discovery of better cancer-fighting drugs. Today on Radio Times, we’ll get an update on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and explore some of the controversies surrounding mammograms and surgery to reduce risk. Guest host Mary Cummings-Jordan talks two local physicians who are researching and treating breast cancer — SUSAN DOMCHEK of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and GENEROSA GRANA of the MD Anderson Center at Cooper.

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