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Battling Breast Cancer - 10/20/2016

Battling Breast Cancer

Release Date: October 20, 2016
Susan Harvey, M.D.
Susan Harvey, M.D.

Breast cancer has impacted nearly every woman’s life, whether it’s her own diagnosis or that of a relative, friend, colleague or acquaintance. It is estimated that approximately one in eight women will be diagnosed with the disease in her lifetime. With that statistic, knowledge is certainly power — from understanding prevention and screening to learning more about survivorship, our experts at Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center can provide the information needed to understand all aspects of breasts cancer. 

For expert opinion:

Susan Harvey, M.D.

There are a lot of myths pertaining to screenings for breast cancer, particularly mammograms. Is it really OK to skip your annual mammogram? Do the machines really emit too much radiation? Does your doctor need to write you a prescription to get one? Radiologist Susan Harvey dispels the myths associated with this medical procedure.

Kala Visvanathan, M.B.B.S.

Prevention can lower your risk of getting breast cancer. While we can’t eliminate all risk factors for cancer, there are some things we can do to help. From learning about your family’s history of cancer and personal risk factors or even adopting a healthy lifestyle, oncologist Kala Visvanathan provides some insight on the importance of prevention.

 Elissa Bantug, program manager of the Johns Hopkins Breast Cancer Survivorship Program

The end of treatment is a new phase in your care. There may be new issues you face, both physical and emotional. It is important to have some structured support to guide you along this new path. Elissa Bantug can share some tips on how to adapt to this “new normal.”

For more information:


Breast cancer health library


Breast cancer treatment

Services for young women with breast cancer

Breast cancer research and clinical trials

Breast reconstruction