Navigating the Breast Cancer Journey, Part 1 - CMEZ667

Navigating the Breast Cancer Journey, Part 1

Risk Factors and Diagnosis

by Deena Damsky Dell, MSN, APRN, RN-BC, AOCN®, LNC
(4.7 / 40 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


Breast cancer is the most common cancer (excluding skin cancer) that women may have to face in their lifetimes. About one in eight women (12%) will have a lifetime probability of developing breast cancer. The good news is that mortality rates from cancer for women continued to decline 1.4% between 2007 and 2011. A 35% decline in breast cancer mortality accounts for much of this decrease. At the same time, five-year survival rates have increased from 76% in 1975 to 92% in 2010 in whites and 62% to 80% in blacks. ACS released new breast cancer screening guidelines in October 2015.  Healthcare professionals across disciplines can help patients by keeping them informed about what to expect. This two-part series on breast cancer explains the disease, risk factors, diagnostics and treatments.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide nurses, physicians and imaging technologists with an overview of breast cancer risk and prognostic factors, diagnostic modalities and psychosocial support for patients. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss early detection guidelines and risk factors for breast cancer
  • Identify diagnostic modalities for breast cancer
  • Describe factors that help with prognosis and treatment decisions for patients with breast cancer

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, and physicians.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.
Deena Damsky Dell, RN-BC, MSN, AOCN, LNC, has disclosed that she is on the speakers’ bureau for Genomic Health Inc.

Course Originally Released on: 10/8/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/12/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/30/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Danielle H - Houston, TX  ·  Aug 12, 2019
confusing and not in order
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Diane W - Newport News, VA  ·  Mar 13, 2019
With no background in breast cancer, this simplified the way to look at breast cancers and better understand.
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April G - Tracy, CA  ·  Jan 25, 2019
Very informative and I learned from this course
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ALISON K - New Castle, DE  ·  Sep 13, 2018
The course had relevant and informative material.
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Savannah S - Largo, FL  ·  Apr 10, 2018
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Price: $15.00
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