April 18, 2009

Understanding the Causes of Breast Cancer

Hereditary breast cancer is identified with the BRCA 1 and 2 mutations. Ancestry is importance and an exploration of the maternal and paternal  history of diseases. 

Dr. Smith explains that a woman’s personal hormonal history – age of menarche, and menopause, childbearing and breast feeding reflect estrogen exposure can be as important as family history.

-- Peter Pressman, MD

About the Interviewee:

Julia A. Smith, MD, PhD: Director of Breast Cancer Screening & Prevention Assistant Professor & Medical Oncologist NYU Cancer Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center

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