John Boyages speaks to Joanna Milburn, Commissioning Editor: John Boyages is a cancer specialist with 30 years' experience in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. He was the founding director of the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute (Australia) and has published more than 135 research and clinical articles. He is committed to the dissemination of research findings to lay and professional audiences. He trained at Westmead Hospital and the Dana–Farber Cancer Institute in Boston (MA, USA). He was appointed Director and Professor of Breast Oncology at the Macquarie University Cancer Institute (Australia) in November 2011. He is a clinician and a radiation oncologist at Genesis Cancer Care at the Macquarie University Hospital. He is the author of 'Breast Cancer: Taking Control' (for patients) and 'Clinical Breast Examination: Taking Control' (for health professionals) and the soon-to-be-published 'DCIS of the Breast: Taking Control'. In 2013, he was one of four finalists for the New South Wales Australian of the Year.