Top Docs: Profiles

Meet 11 of our 2007 Top Doctors.

October 2007

Dr. Jennifer H. Caskey

Medical Oncology
Lutheran, St. Anthony Central—Practicing for 25 years

Colorado Statistic Colorado's breast cancer rates are 3 percent to 4 percent higher than the national rate.

"The difference between the Colorado breast cancer rates and the national average may be related to variations in breast cancer rates among different ethnic groups. Non-Hispanic Caucasian women are more likely to develop breast cancer, and there is a higher percentage of non-Hispanic Caucasian women living in Colorado. Nationally, one in eight women develops breast cancer. In Colorado, one in seven women develops breast cancer. The important thing to remember is that in Colorado the mortality rate from breast cancer is about 13 percent lower than the national average. Women here exercise, eat well, and are generally healthy. Studies say that exercise and five servings of fruits and vegetables a day reduce the likelihood of recurrence by 50 percent."

Scary Thought "Recent studies have shown a decline in national breast cancer rates—there was a significant drop in 2003—but there is some suspicion that those numbers actually reflect a decrease in detection rates. Some doctors suspect that fewer women are getting mammograms."

Best Health Advice "Breast cancer risk is related to lifetime exposure to estrogen. The longer the exposure, the higher the risk. Early pregnancies have a protective effect. Also, lack of exercise, more than two drinks a day, and obesity contribute to breast cancer and are factors to monitor."