Quannetta Tucker Edwards, PhD, FNP, WHCNP, FAANP
Associate Professor, California State University, Fullerton
College of Health and Human Development, Department of Nursing
1.0 contact hours of continuing education (which includes 0.4 hours of pharmacology)
CREDIT FOR THIS PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE FOR NURSE PRACTITIONERS ONLY.
Invasive breast cancer is a major public health burden that causes significant morbidity and mortality. Major clinical breakthroughs in breast cancer risk management have led to a growing need for evidence-based continuing education for nurse practitioners (NPs) who are major providers of care for women’s health issues. NPs have strong communication skills to provide patient education and there is a need for NPs to educate, support, and counsel women regarding their personal risk of breast cancer and appropriate strategies for screening and risk reduction, including lifestyle modifications, chemoprevention, and appropriate referrals to specialists.
NPs should be informed about the strengths and limitations of current methods for risk estimation, risk-based screening guidelines, lifestyle modifications and chemopreventive strategies to reduce risk of breast cancer, and the clinical implications of referrals for genetic counseling and surgical evaluation. NPs have the potential to reach the majority of women at increased or high risk of breast cancer. Training and education for NPs about evidence-based strategies for breast cancer risk estimation and risk reduction has the potential to significantly increase compliance with appropriate screening and promote lifestyle modifications for all women at risk of breast cancer. In addition, education about chemoprevention and appropriate referrals for genetic counseling or surgical evaluation is essential for women who are at increased or high risk of breast cancer. These strategies can improve health outcomes through the early detection of breast cancer, decreased risk of breast cancer for individual patients, and reduce the major public health burden associated with breast cancer. Program Developer/Facilitator
. Target Audience
This program was developed for nurse practitioners.
Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:
Review models of breast cancer risk assessment to stratify women by level of risk
Discuss the evidence for chemoprevention and lifestyle interventions for reduction of breast cancer risk
Develop recommendations for women regarding pharmacologic and lifestyle risk reduction strategies that will be appropriate for different levels of breast cancer risk based on case study review and analysis
Integrate the risk assessment models and chemopreventive and lifestyle interventions to develop screening and referral plans for women based on their level of risk
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Disclosure Policy
It is AANP's goal to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its educational activities. To meet this goal, both real and/or potential conflicts of interest must be considered during the development of a continuing educational activity. All individuals having control over the development of an activity’s content and all faculty participating in AANP programs are expected to disclose any relationships they may have with commercial companies whose products or services may be mentioned. Potential learners will be informed of all disclosed relationships. The following are all disclosures for this CE program.
Quannetta Tucker Edwards, PhD, FNP, WHCNP, FAANP discloses no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this program. Credit Statements
This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hours of continuing education (which includes 0.4 hours of pharmacology) by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Program ID 0805235
Commercial Support Statements
This activity is supported through an educational grant from Eli Lilly and Company.
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