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Debunking Common Breast Cancer Myths

Breast cancer is the number one killer of females ages 20 to 59.

Many people believe that family history and genetics determines who gets breast cancer. Actually, this isn’t true.

In fact, 87 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer don’t have a single first-degree relative with the disease.

Dr. Kristi Funk joins Dr. Friedman to discuss preventative care and what to do after a diagnosis. Dr. Funk also busts many of today's most common breast cancer myths, including:

  • Does hormone replacement therapy play a role in the cause of breast cancer?
  • Will putting a cell phone in your bra cause breast cancer?
  • Does consuming soy cause breast cancer?
  • Are bio-identical hormones safe?
  • What foods will help prevent breast cancer and which ones are linked to causing the disease?
  • What is considered “public enemy #1” when it comes to the cause of breast health?
  • Do EMF (electromagnetic fields) cause cancer?
  • What are environmental toxins and how can you avoid them?
  • What herbs are effective at helping reduce menopause symptoms?
  • Does coffee or chocolate cause inflammation of the breasts?
  • Angelina Jolie made the decision to have a preventative mastectomy after finding out she had the BRCA 1 gene mutation. What exactly is this gene and when should you be tested for it?
Find out the answers to these questions and more.
Debunking Common Breast Cancer Myths
Kristi Funk, MD
Dr. Kristi Funk, board-certified breast cancer surgeon and co-founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills, is an expert in minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment methods for all types of breast disease.  She has helped thousands of women through breast treatment, including well-known celebrities, like Angelina Jolie and Sheryl Crow, who have turned to her for her surgical expertise. She authored the national bestseller, Breasts: The Owner’s Manual Every Woman’s Guide to Reducing Cancer Risk, Making Treatment Choices, and Optimizing Outcomes.

After graduating with distinction from Stanford University in 1991, Dr. Funk received her medical degree from the UC Davis, School of Medicine. She completed her surgical residency in Seattle, WA, followed by a surgical breast fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where she then excelled as a surgeon and Director of their Breast Center for 7 years.  In 2009, Dr. Funk, alongside her entrepreneurial husband, Andy Funk, opened the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills. The Pink Lotus Breast Center fuses state-of-the art screening, genetic testing, diagnosis and treatment with preventive strategies and holistic, compassionate care. Dr. Funk is also the Founding Ambassador of the Pink Lotus Foundation, whose sole mission is to provide low income, uninsured and under-insured women 100% free access to breast cancer screening and care.

A sought after presenter and TV personality, Dr. Funk frequently co-hosts The Doctors, and is the go-to breast expert for Good Morning America, and has appeared on other shows including The View, Today, The Dr. Oz Show, CNN, Rachel Ray and in countless news articles and stories. She resides in Santa Monica, CA, with her husband and three sons.