Approximately one in eight women (12%) will have a lifetime probability of developing breast cancer. Overall, of an estimated 39,920 deaths from breast cancer this year, 39,510 will be women and 410 will be men. The good news is that mortality rates from cancer for women continued to decline 1.6% between 2004 and 2008. This has resulted in a 15.3% decrease in cancer mortality in women since 1990, of which breast cancer accounts for 34% of this decrease. Healthcare professionals as a team can be excellent sources of information and support to patients and their significant others during every phase of the disease continuum. For example, patients may experience a high level of anxiety during the prediagnostic period. Healthcare professionals across disciplines can help these patients by keeping them informed about what to expect. This module explains the disease, risk factors, diagnostics and treatments.
The goal of this module is to provide radiologic professionals with a broad overview of breast cancer risk factors, diagnostic and treatment modalities, and psychosocial support for patients diagnosed with breast cancer. After you study the information presented in this learning module, you will be able to —
- Discuss early detection guidelines and risk factors for breast cancer.
- Identify diagnostic and treatment modalities for breast cancer.
- Describe interventions and supportive strategies used for patients who are navigating the breast cancer journey.
This course is designed for radiology techs.
This activity is approved for Category A continuing education credit by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 4/11/2012 to 5/1/2017.
This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.
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