Reston, VA (Sept. 17, 2019) -- To improve breast cancer outcomes, the American College of Radiology® (ACR®) has created a FREE "Talking To Patients About Breast Cancer Screening" toolkit for radiologists to share with referring doctors.
The customizable resources help providers:
Identify and assess reliable breast cancer screening and outcomes data
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Discern actual breast cancer screening risks vs. benefits
Discuss with patients when to be screened to avoid unnecessary death and treatment due to late breast cancer detection resulting from lack of screening
Earn continuing medical education (CME) credit upon completing an online module
Many studies show that annual screening greatly reduces breast cancer deaths. Yet, 35 percent of women who should be screened choose not to get a mammogram — contributing to thousands of deaths each year.
With conflicting screening guidelines and no modern randomized controlled trial (RCT) data, many doctors may not understand RCT and modern prospective study data on reduced mortality and morbidity due to screening.
Providers may not know what to tell women regarding when and how often to be screened. This has contributed to confusion in women about when — or even if — they should get a mammogram.
This toolkit would help referring providers make better screening recommendations by showing them why:
All women should be assessed for risk by age 30 (especially African-American and Ashkenazi women)
Average-risk women should start annual screening at age 40
High-risk women should start sooner and consider supplemental exams
Mammography is proven effective at reducing breast cancer deaths
Mammography benefits outweigh screening risks — including overdiagnosis and false positives
Radiologists are strongly encouraged to download these materials:
Customize them with their facility's branding (we've left a place for that in each item)
Share them with referring clinicians and advise them of CME availability!
Place patient materials on their website and in their waiting room
Print and include in correspondence with patients and referring providers
The toolkit can be accessed via ACR.org Breast Imaging Resources Section, MammographySavesLives.org Provider Resources Section, and EndTheConfusion.org.
About the American College of Radiology
The American College of Radiology (ACR), founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care.Back to HCB News