Fox News’ national security correspondent, Jennifer Griffin, a triple-negative breast cancer survivor, is in the spotlight these days, reporting on the war in Ukraine with commendable candor, accuracy, and devotion to truth. And it’s earning her widespread praise as a strong example of a credible news source.
“I cover the news,” Griffin, who joined Fox in 1999, recently told her Fox News colleague Howard Kurtz on his show, Media Buzz. “I’m here to fact-check facts because I report on facts. And my job is to try and figure out the truth as best as I know it … That’s what I’ve always done.”
And with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine taking center stage, Griffin’s reporting prowess (she used to be a Moscow-based reporter for Fox and brings deep experience to the table) is garnering worldwide attention, with many astute observers praising her reporting chops.
“If she reports something on air, it’s because she’s done hard work off-camera to determine the facts of the matter and present what’s true,” Stephen Hayes, a conservative commentator who now works for NBC News, told The Washington Post.
Griffin’s former Fox New colleague Greta Van Susteren also praised the widely lauded reporter to The Washington Post, saying, “Jennifer is a straight arrow with real experience … She reports facts and does not tell the viewer what to think. What more could you possibly want in a journalist?”
Fox News Media, in a statement to USA Todaysaid that “we are incredibly proud of Jennifer Griffin and her stellar reporting as well as all of our journalists and talent covering this story across our platforms.”
We commend Griffin’s commitment to truth and accuracy in reporting. Griffin has also been very vocal about her battle with breast cancer, elevating awareness of the disease and the importance of screenings. We love to see survivors using their voices in powerful ways like Griffin.
Jennifer Griffin’s Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Battle
Griffin, 53, was diagnosed with stage 3 triple-negative breast cancer at just 39-years old in 2009. At the time, she says she noticed a lump in her breast while she was breastfeeding her son, which was first brushed off as a blocked milk duct.
However, it turned out to be breast cancer, which she has a family history of. Griffin underwent 17 rounds of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, and radiation treatments, and was declared in remission in 2010.
Triple-negative breast cancer is an aggressive form of the disease, which accounts for 20% of all breast cancers. It’s called triple-negative because it does not have any of the main drivers of breast cancer—the estrogen receptor, the progesterone receptor, and the HER2 receptor—and doesn’t respond to the currently available treatments that target them. However, experts tell SurvivorNet that the disease often responds well to chemotherapy.
Experts explain what defines triple-negative breast cancer
Screening for Breast Cancer
When it comes to breast cancer, mammograms save lives. Early detection is critically important and it can mean broader treatment options as well. Women ages 45 to 54 with an average risk of breast cancer should get mammograms annually.
For women with an elevated risk of breast cancer – this means they either have a history of breast cancer in the family, or they have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation – they should begin screening even earlier, before age 45.
While getting a mammogram, ask about dense breasts, which may obscure cancer. The technician will be able to do determine whether or not you have dense breasts.
When Should I Get a Mammogram?
Former SurvivorNet reporter Shelby Black contributed to this article.
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