December 8, 2011 (Atlanta) — Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) physician Dr. Jayanthi Srinivasiah (Dr. Jay), recently appeared on the Fox 5 News Health Watch to talk about a major new report from the Institute of Medicine that shows there may be certain lifestyle factors women can control to lower the risk of developing breast cancer.
The report identified several ways to be proactive about preventing the disease. Among the factors was smoking cessation, avoiding unnecessary medical radiation, limiting alcohol intake, avoiding excess hormone replacement therapies after menopause, exercising daily, and maintaining a healthy weight.
Dr. Jay says the Institute of Medicine report may be the first to give women a roadmap of ways to begin making conscious choices that will affect their risk of breast cancer. “This is a good table to follow, a good format to follow, which in general should help the majority of women,” she said.
Breast cancer is the second largest cause of cancer death among U.S. women, after lung cancer. It kills 500,000 people globally every year and is diagnosed in close to 1.3 million people around the world.
Georgia Cancer Specialists is a Top 10 private cancer practice in the U.S. and a leader in advanced cancer treatment and research. The practice supports more than 200,000 patient visits each year. GCS offers community-based medical oncology and hematology services and is the first private oncology practice to also provide a full range of support services for patients in Georgia, including wellness counseling and home health coordination. The GCS research department, whose focus is bringing targeted cancer therapy to communities, is the first in Georgia to offer Phase I clinical trials, the most novel cancer therapies available. GCS has 27 offices, 44 physicians, and more than 500 support staff members located in Metro Atlanta, North and Central Georgia. Georgia Cancer Specialists can be found on the web at www.gacancer.com GCS is The Cancer Answer.