Navigating the Breast Cancer Journey, Part 1: Risk Factors and Diagnosis - CMEZ667

Navigating the Breast Cancer Journey, Part 1: Risk Factors and Diagnosis

by Jennifer M. L. Stephens, PhD, MA, RN, OCN
(4.7 / 46 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 many women may face in their lifetime. According to the National Cancer Institute, about 1 in 8 women will have a lifetime probability of developing breast cancer. This disease will touch the lives of most health professionals of various disciplines. It is projected that 41,760 women in the U.S. will die from breast cancer in 2019. The National Cancer Institute states that breast cancer in women has increased on average by 0.3% per year for the past 10 years. However, mortality rates are decreasing by 1.8% each year. The American Cancer Society released new breast cancer screening guidelines in 2015 and for high risk patients in 2019. The guidelines include changes to mammogram and breast self-exam recommendations. This two-part series on breast cancer explains the disease, risk factors, diagnostics, and treatments. This first course discusses risk factors, screening, and diagnostics.


After taking this course, you should be able to:
  • Identify how following early detection guidelines increases survivorship.
  • Discuss modifiable and non-modifiable factors for breast cancer.
  • Identify three 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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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.

Course Originally Released on: 10/8/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/9/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/9/2022

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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Nicole D - Clearwater, FL  ·  Apr 06, 2020
Very interesting and important to my clinical practice.
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Elizabeth S - Newburgh, IN  ·  Mar 23, 2020
excellent overview for a non-physician
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yolanda r - Miami, FL  ·  Mar 04, 2020
Very educational and informative. I really enjoyed.
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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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Price: $15.00
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