11/24/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Video: Understanding the Causes of Breast Cancer

Hereditary breast cancer is identified with the BRCA 1 and 2 mutations. Ancestry is importance and an exploration of the maternal and paternal  history of diseases. 

Dr. Smith explains that a woman's personal hormonal history -- age of menarche, and menopause, childbearing and breast feeding reflect estrogen exposure can be as important as family history.

About the Interviewee:

Julia A. Smith, MD, PhD: Director of Breast Cancer Screening & Prevention Assistant Professor & Medical Oncologist NYU Cancer Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center

This post was originally posted on BeetMedicine.TV by the site's medical director Peter Pressman, MD