The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has created a new committee to help younger women, especially women younger than 40 and women at high risk of breast cancer, learn more about breast health and breast cancer: the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women.
The 15 experts invited to serve on the committee will offer input on prevention research, education efforts, and public awareness campaigns. Generosa Grana, M.D., F.A.C.P, a member of the Breastcancer.org Professional Advisory Board, has been invited to serve on the committee.
Breastcancer.org applauds this new CDC initiative. We believe education on breast health and breast cancer should start before girls become women. If you're the parent of a teen or tween girl, make time to talk to your daughter about her breasts, normal breast development, and the facts about breast cancer risk in mothers and daughters. During your daughter's regular check-ups, you may want to ask her doctor about breast health and make sure your daughter is part of the conversation. This is especially important if you or someone your daughter knows has been diagnosed with breast cancer. If you've been diagnosed, it might help to have your doctor talk to your daughter about your diagnosis and what it means and doesn't mean for her. Talking to your daughter about breast health and diet and lifestyle choices she can make is the best way to keep your daughter's risk of breast cancer as low as it can be.
Breastcancer.org President and Founder Dr. Marisa Weiss and her daughter, Isabel, have written the book Taking Care of Your "Girls:" A Breast Health Guide for Girls, Teens, and In-Betweens. They talk candidly about breast development and breast health -- separating myths from facts and detailing steps everyone can take to improve breast health and reduce breast cancer risk over a lifetime.