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Show 1039: How to Reduce Your Risk from Breast or Prostate Cancer

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Learn about the controversies surrounding diagnosis and treatment of breast or prostate cancer so you can reduce your risk.
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As we grow older, the risk of two different cancers looms ever larger: breast cancer for women and prostate cancer for men.

Unscrambling the Controversies:

There have been controversies over the best methods for detecting and treating each cancer. When should women start getting annual mammograms, for example? How useful are PSA screenings for identifying prostate cancer in men?

Our guests are leading experts on the treatment of these cancers, and they do not shy away from controversy. Get an update on the latest thinking on how you can cut your own risk, whether you are male or female.

The Research Articles:

The research cited on DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) for breast cancer was published in JAMA Oncology in October 2015. The research on prostate cancer that we discussed was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on October 29, 2015.

This Week's Guests:

is an adjunct professor of Surgery at UCLA and chief visionary officer of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the eradication of breast cancer. You will find it online at http://drsusanloveresearch.org  Dr. Love is on the board of the National Cancer Institute. Her best-selling book, Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book, is out in its 6th edition. The photograph is of Dr. Love.

Charles "Snuffy" Myers, MD, is founder and director of the American Institute for Diseases of the Prostate. He is a medical oncologist with prior experience in clinical pharmacology at the National Cancer Institute and as the director of the Cancer Center of the University of Virginia. His goal is comprehensive management of prostate cancer.

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