Nursing Blog

Recommended Screening Guidelines

There are many different sources of guidelines for breast cancer screening based on interpretations of scientific studies. Overall, the guidance varies by organization, and because there are a number of risk factors associated with breast cancer, primary health care providers tailor recommendations to each patient.

Risks of Breast Cancer

There are a vast number of factors that help identify who is at risk for breast cancer, and while certain factors may be beyond your control, some are behaviors you are able to change. Taking the time to educate yourself about the risks is the first step in reformed behavior.

Breast Self-Exams: Why Recommendations Differ

Many primary care providers and leading health care organizations have differing opinions on the benefits of breast self-exams. However, most agree that decisions about screenings should be personalized and based on the patient's risks and values.

BRCA Gene and Genetic Testing

There are several factors that are associated with an increased risk for breast cancer. One of the most significant variables is genetics, as about 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers may be hereditary.

Mammograms: Scheduling Through Results [INFOGRAPHIC]

Understanding the process of getting a mammogram can help prepare you for your initial screening, and ease stress or anxiety.

Breast Cancer Resources

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Nursing@Simmons put together the following resource guide to highlight some of the groups and organizations that serve patients, caregivers, families, and anyone impacted by breast cancer. The list includes resources related to financial assistance, community-based support, advocacy, and coping with the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.