Identifying Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer - CMEZ722

Identifying Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer

BRCA and Beyond

by Heidi Dishneau, MSN, ARNP, AOCNP and Debra Anscombe Wood, BS, RN
(4.6 / 51 ratings )

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

Price: $15.00
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About 249,260 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in women in the U.S. in 2016. While most breast cancers are sporadic events, up to 10% are thought to be attributed to a hereditary predisposition. A strong family history suggesting a genetic mutation predisposing a woman to breast cancer is certainly worth further investigation. However, additional risk factors beyond family history may increase a woman’s risk of developing the disease. Healthcare providers, such as nurses, advanced practice nurses, and physicians, must be aware of both a woman’s personal history and family history to better assess her risk of developing breast cancer. Individualized risk assessment allows the healthcare provider to have a meaningful discussion with the patient about prevention and screening.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide nurses, advanced practice nurses, and physicians with generalized information about patients who are at high risk for breast cancer because of personal or family histories, including those that suggest a genetic predisposition. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify key factors in a woman’s personal and family history that may put her at high risk for breast cancer
  • Discuss the significance of a BRCA mutation
  • Describe the recommended plan for high-risk screening

Deena Damsky Dell, RN-BC, MSN, AOCN, LNC, a reviewer of this course, has disclosed that she is on the speakers’ bureau for Genomic Health Inc.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses and physicians.
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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: 11/13/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 4/13/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/13/2020

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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Ellen S - Tampa, FL  ·  Aug 01, 2018
Good material presented in an organized manner
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Tiffany K - Barberton, OH  ·  Apr 18, 2018
Meets criteria for NAPBC
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Savannah S - Largo, FL  ·  Apr 11, 2018
the information was thorough and consistent with course topic
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Randall C - Phoenix, AZ  ·  Dec 17, 2017
parts are fairly basic for DM audience
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Karen L - Marlboro, NJ  ·  Sep 21, 2017
This is a very basic intro to identifying women at risk
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