Breast Cancer Risk Modification: The Importance of a Healthy Lifestyle

Recorded Thursday, October 15, 2015

In this webinar, the presenters discuss the modifiable risk factors for breast cancer including weight, nutrition, exercise, and alcohol consumption.

This webinar was hosted by the American Cancer Society in collaboration with the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

Target Audience

Primary health care providers

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the evidence supporting modifiable risk factors for breast cancer including physical activity, weight, diet/nutrition, and alcohol consumption
  • Review American Cancer Society nutrition and physical activity guidelines
  • Provide information on available resources for physicians and patients


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Colleen Doyle, MS, RD 
Managing Director of Nutrition and Physical Activity, American Cancer Society

Colette Salm-Schmid, MD, FACS
Vice-Chair, NAPBC Education and Dissemination Committee

About the Presenters

Colleen Doyle, MS, RD

Colleen Doyle, Managing Director of Nutrition and Physical Activity for the American Cancer Society, is a registered dietitian who has worked in the health promotion field for more than 20 years. Ms. Doyle has extensive media and public speaking experience and has appeared on several national broadcasts, including CNN, Headline News, and Discovery Health, as well as numerous local news and cable television shows. She is frequently quoted in newspapers and magazines including USA Today, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Better Homes and Gardens, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Fitness.

Ms. Doyle is a coauthor of the American Cancer Society's The Great American Eat Right Cookbook, and has contributed to a variety of other books, including the American Cancer Society's Healthy Eating Cookbook; Kids First Cookbook; Celebrate! Healthy Entertaining for Any Occasion; Good for You!; Eating Well, Staying Well During and After Cancer; and What to Eat During Cancer Treatment. She is a frequent presenter at both scientific and consumer meetings, and has authored numerous scientific and consumer articles on nutrition and physical activity.

Ms. Doyle has a BS degree in nutrition from Miami University, Oxford, OH, and a MS degree in Human Nutrition, with a minor in exercise science, from The Ohio State University in Columbus. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and its Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition, Weight Management, and Oncology Nutrition practice groups, as well as the American College of Sports Medicine.

Colette Salm-Schmid, MD, FACS

Dr. Salm-Schmid has had a distinguished career as a fellowship trained breast surgeon in Northeast Wisconsin. She completed graduate work in Exercise Physiology prior to attending medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago. Her general surgery residency took place in Marshfield, Wisconsin and then she returned to Northwestern for a breast cancer surgery fellowship.

She is a past chairperson of the Wisconsin Cancer Council, and current vice-chair of the Education and Dissemination Committee for the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). She has received honors from the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Breast Surgeons, Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, Wisconsin Registrar’s Association, Ribbon of Hope Foundation, and Wisconsin Surgical Society.

She has published research in the area of breast cancer surgery and prevention. She has given a number of communities, regional and national talks on multiple aspects of breast disease and coordination of care. Recently she has spent time educating nurse navigators and primary care physicians on primary prevention for breast cancer. Above all of the honors, it is the relationships with her patients, colleagues, and community partners that she relishes the most. She is currently in working in a multi-specialty group in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

This activity is not eligible for CME or CE credits.

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