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Pink Ribbons

Special Guest: Marisa Weiss, M.D., founder, president and guiding force behind Breastcancer.org

Description: Dr. Marisa Weiss teaches us how to “take care of our girls” as we explore the facts and fiction related to breast cancer. We discuss risk factors, mammograms, self-exams and how to reduce your chances of developing breast cancer. Listen in and support Breast Cancer Awareness Month now and every month of the year.

Duration: 43:04

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00:24 Intro: Pink Ribbons
01:35 Fact or Fiction Quiz
05:32 About Dr. Marisa
07:54 Breast Cancer Risk Factors
12:22 Men Get Breast Cancer
14:56 Squished Boobies
18:18 Taking Care of Your Girls: Book
24:15 More on Mammograms
29:59 Listener: Birth Control Pills
32:50 Listener: Teens & Breast Cancer
34:54 Self-Exams ("Mow the Lawn")
40:10 Closing Comments
41:20 Closing Track: Be Good Tanyas

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About Marisa Weiss, M.D.

• Marisa Weiss, M.D., is a practicing breast cancer oncologist and president and founder of the nonprofit organization Breastcancer.org.

• She is frequently consulted by television, print, and radio media, and has been a repeat guest on ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s TODAY, and CNN’s medical features.

• Dr. Weiss’ new book, Taking Care of Your “Girls”: A Breast Health Guide for Girls, Teens and In-Betweens, is co-authored with her daughter, Isabel Friedman. Dr. Weiss also co-authored the highly acclaimed book Living Beyond Breast Cancer: A Survivor's Guide for When Treatment Ends and the Rest of Your Life Begins with her mother, Ellen Weiss. Dr. Weiss also wrote 7 Minutes!: How to Get the Most from Your Doctor Visit.

• Dr. Weiss has been honored several times by the American Cancer Society and received the 2003 Professor of Survivorship Award from the Susan G. Komen Foundation (now Susan G. Komen for the Cure).

• Medical editor for the Lifetime Television films Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy and In Matters of Life and Dating.

• Spokesperson: WebMD's special breast cancer feature; National Public Radio's Fresh Air with Terry Gross and Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, as well as CNNRadio, ABC Radio, CBS Radio, Washington Post Radio, and the radio partner for Cosmopolitan magazine

• Interviewed and regularly quoted for leading print outlets including The New York Times, USA TODAY, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and articles for the Associated Press newswire, as well as People, Cosmo, Ladies' Home Journal, Redbook, More, Shape, Self, Allure, and O; Advisory board for Women's Health magazine.

• Dr. Weiss currently practices at Lankenau Hospital, part of the Main Line Health Hospitals of the Thomas Jefferson University Health System in the Philadelphia area, where she serves as Director of Breast Radiation Oncology and Director of Breast Health Outreach.

• Dr. Weiss lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, with her husband, a pediatrician and avid fisherman, their three children, and their Labrador.

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Health Tip

During the 10 years of breast development, a girl’s food, water, beverages, and air are the building blocks of their new breast tissue — the foundation of their future breast health.

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Health Tip

Nine out of 10 breast cancer cases can be triggered and/or promoted by unhealthy lifestyle factors and environmental exposures including: obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, alcohol consumption and unhealthy chemicals consumed through eating, drinking.

Pink DaysAgo!

New Pink DaysAgo, introduced to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness, was inspired by co-inventor Kathleen Whitehurst's eighth anniversary as an eight-year breast cancer survivor. When it comes to breast cancer, early detection is the key to survival. No-one knows that better than Kathleen.

Whitehurst's company, double u products inc. (maker of the award-winning DaysAgo™ Digital Day Counter), is introducing a new pink DaysAgo counter as part of her commitment to helping women of all ages get into the habit of doing regular self breast exams.

"I feel very blessed to be a survivor of breast cancer, the most common cancer in women," said Whitehurst, who underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy to fight her disease. "I want women to remember every month to do their self exams, which are designed to find early tumors. When breast cancer is found early, and confined to the breast, the chances for survival are the greatest."

How Can I Learn More about Breast Cancer?

About the Book

Girls are as anxious and confused about their breasts as ever. That’s why Marisa Weiss, M.D., an oncologist and breast health specialist, and her teenage daughter, Isabel, decided to create Taking Care of Your “Girls”. Together, they polled more than three thousand girls and their moms and came up with a surprisingly huge list of worries and misconceptions. Based on their research, you’ll get answers to questions like:

• How do I know when I need to get my first bra—and what kind should I get?
• Do big breasts have a higher risk of breast cancer than small ones?
• How do I get rid of stretch marks?
• When will my breasts stop growing?
• How do I examine my own breasts?
• Will the size of my breasts even out?
• Do tanning, antiperspirants, wearing a bra at night, and talking on a cell phone cause breast cancer?

A groundbreaking book for both mothers and daughters, Taking Care of Your “Girls” is a practical guide to breast care and a girl-to-girl conversation about the feelings and emotions that come with the territory.

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Health Tip

When seeking information about your family medical history, don’t forget to ask about your father’s side of the family as well as your mother's.

Three Steps to Finding Breast Cancer Early

Step 1 Mammograms
Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.

Step 2 Clinical Breast Exam
Clinical breast exams by your doctor or nurse should be part of a periodic health exam about every three years for women in their 20’s and 30’s and every year for women 40 and older.

Step 3 Breast Self Awareness
Women should know how their breasts normally feel and report any breast change promptly to their doctor or nurse. Breast self-exam is an option for women starting in their 20’s.

Source: American Cancer Society

More Breast Cancer Myths

In our interview with Dr. Weiss, we present her with a fact or fiction quiz! Here are a few more myths - debunked - that we did not discuss. These are FACTS about breast cancer:

• An x-ray of the breast, called a mammogram, cannot cause cancer to spread, nor can the pressure put on the breast during a mammogram.

• You cannot catch breast cancer or transfer it to someone else's body. Breast cancer is the result of uncontrolled cell growth in your own body.

• Eight out of ten lumps are benign, or not cancerous. If you discover a persistant lump in your breast or any changes in your breast tissue, it is very important that you see a physician immediately.