Interview with an Expert

Interview by Maddie Robertson

Q: What are the most common signs and symptoms of breast cancer?

A: Changes in breast appearance and feeling new lump in breast.

Dr. Griffin

Dr. Jennifer Griffin, Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Nebraska Medical Center

Q: Are there any ways to decrease the risk of getting breast cancer?
A: Maintain a normal weight, exercise regularly, avoid or minimize alcohol intake.

Q: Are there any ways to minimize the severity of breast cancer if you already have it?
A: If cancer is diagnosed, it is important to follow treatment recommendations of the cancer physician.

Q: What increases the risk of getting breast cancer?
A: Excessive alcohol, obesity, dense breasts after menopause.

Q: Is there any new technology making it easier to prevent, find or treat breast cancer?
A: Breast tomosynthesis (also known as 3D mammograms) can improve detection for some women, especially those with dense breasts.

Q: What do you wish more young women knew about breast cancer?
A: Be aware of what’s normal for you, and report changes. If you have a strong family history of cancer, the advice of a genetic counselor and/or breast specialist is helpful to choose the best screening strategy.

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