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Measures women can take to reduce their risk of breast cancer with Dr. Diane Radford

March 10, 2013


Dr. Diane Radford, a breast surgical oncologist with Mercy Clinic St. Louis Cancer and Breast Institute joins eHealth Radio and the Cancer Prevention Channel to talk about measures women can take to reduce their risk of breast cancer. Dr Radford specializes in breast cancer and benign breast diseases.

Listen to interview [audio player below] with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Diane Radford discuss the following:

  • Many women overestimate their risk for breast cancer. Can you discuss the major risk factors for developing breast cancer?
  • What measures can women take to reduce their risk?
  • How about improving survival; what lifestyle changes can improve survival after breast cancer treatment?
  • Are there dietary changes that are recommended?
  • Survivorship has been recognized as a distinct phase of breast cancer treatment. Can you discuss methods to improve quality of life for breast cancer patients?


Dr. Diane Radford, born in Scotland, received her medical degrees (MBChB and MD) from Glasgow University in Scotland. She was called to a career in surgery while in her teens and entered Glasgow University Medical School in 1974 at the age of 16. During medical school, she completed advanced research in anatomy, obtaining BSc with Honors. Her initial residency training in surgery took place in the West of Scotland and Edinburgh, where she had additional training in breast surgery with Professor Sir Patrick Forrest, chief scientist for Scotland, and chairman of an expert committee on screening for breast cancer in the UK.

She came to the US in 1985 to complete her Fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo NY. She completed both a clinical and research fellowship. Her study of genes involved in polyamine biosynthesis in cancer was submitted as the thesis for her MD degree. To fulfill requirements of the American Board of Surgery, she received another 4 years of residency training at St. Louis University Hospital. She has specialized in breast surgery since 1991, when she joined the Faculty of Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to having a full-time breast surgery practice, she performed funded research focusing on the molecular genetics of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) of the breast. She has authored over 60 scientific publications including articles, abstracts and book chapters. Dr. Radford transitioned into private practice in 1996, and is one of the co-founders of the St. Louis Cancer & Breast Institute.

Dr. Radford is board certified in general surgery, she is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the American Society of Breast Disease, the Society of Surgical Oncology and the Roswell Park Surgical Society. She has been chosen by her peers to be one of the “Best Doctors in America” every year since 1996, and in 2010, was recognized by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri as “The Woman of Distinction” for remarkable achievement in the Sciences.

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