Dr. Lebovic explains the best way to prevent getting breast cancer.
It is really exciting that we have learned so much about breast cancer. Even though we don’t know what causes breast cancer, we do know how to decrease a woman’s risk. Many people think that the highest risk is if there is breast cancer in your family, but in fact, those cases really account for less than 15% of breast cancers that we see. So, most breast cancers occur in women who don’t have any family history of breast cancer. In order to decrease your risk, what you want to do is to make sure you live a very healthy lifestyle. You stay active. You stay fit. In other words, we know that obesity is linked to breast cancer and so that would increase your risks. So, we wanted to stay fit, eat a healthy diet and probably the most important thing women can do is get a mammogram and get it every year, make sure everyone you love gets a mammogram every year and that is the best method we have of finding cancer at a very early stage.
About Dr. Gail Lebovic, M.D., M.A., F.A.C.S.:
Dr. Gail Lebovic is the President of the American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD). She earned a B.A. in physiology and anatomy and a master's in endocrinology from University of California, Berkeley. In 1986, she received her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine. After an internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, she performed her surgical residency at Stanford University Medical Center and completed two fellowships – one in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast and another at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Lebovic is certified by the American Board of Surgery and her areas of special medical interest include diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, and management of congenital breast deformities. She has also invented several medical devices and co-founded a number of companies in the area of women's health including Biolucent, Inc., makers of the MammoPad™ breast cushion designed to make mammography more comfortable.