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Breast Cancer Risks & Management

National Breast Cancer Expert Available for Comment

WHAT: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Breast Center at New York Hospital Queens offers an ongoing message of hope and knowledge: “Be aware. You can take control of your risks.”

WHY: Many individuals have a significant opportunity to protect breast health in addition to regular breast self-exams and annual mammograms. Specifically:

Gender does not equal protection. Approximately 1,200 new cases of male breast cancer are diagnosed in America each year; 200,000 cases are diagnosed in women, according to the American Cancer Society.

Genetic risks can be profiled. A counselor can help determine risk level, recommend further evaluation and early detection screenings.  Some insurance plans will cover genetic counseling. The Breast Center offers the services of a genetic counselor to help individuals understand their risk of cancers involving genetic issues.

Daily living choices can make an impact, including: alcohol consumption, diet, and exercise.

WHO: Karen Karsif, MD, Director of The Breast Center at New York Hospital Queens, is available to speak about breast cancer risks, prevention and the importance of early detection. She can also detail the benefits of services that are available to breast cancer patients to facilitate their treatment planning, such as a patient ‘navigator’ who helps manage the process, including dealing with insurance issues.

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