dr. going over mammogram with patient

Breast Density and Breast Cancer Risk

Originally presented on December 20, 2018

Michelle Azu, MD, FACS

Director of Breast Surgical Services and Associate Director of Breast Disease Management Team, New York-Presbyterian - Lawrence Hospital
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Columbia University

Ralph T. Wynn, MD
Director of Breast Imaging, Department of Radiology, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, New York-Presbyterian - Columbia University Medical Center

Dense breasts (or dense breast tissue) are very common. Under New York State law, women must be notified if their mammograms indicate they have dense breasts. This notification is important because dense breasts can make it harder to see signs of cancer on a mammogram. Women with dense breast tissue also have a higher risk of breast cancer as compared to women with less dense breast tissue. Women who receive this notification may seek guidance from their primary care provider or other health care practitioners. Yet many providers may lack expertise on the impact of breast density on breast cancer risk and follow-up screening recommendations. This webcast will provide an overview on these topics, and will address ways providers can identify how to calculate individual risk for breast cancer and how to communicate this information effectively to their patients. 

Learning Outcome
As a result of this activity, the learner will be able to enhance their knowledge and competence on how physicians, health care practitioners and others interacting with women who have dense breasts can best explain their risk for breast cancer.

Learning Objectives
After viewing the webcast, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how breast density impacts cancer risk status;
  • Identify appropriate ways to calculate individual risk status for breast cancer; and
  • Explain the screening recommendations and clinical management for women with dense breasts.

Target Audience
Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, community health workers/navigators and certified public health workers.

To Obtain Continuing Education Credits: 
Each participant interested in CE credits must complete an evaluation and post-test, which is available above under "Evaluation, Post-test for CE Credits". A score of 80% and above on the post-test will generate a certificate indicating the requested credits.

The planners, moderator, and presenters have disclosed no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until December 31, 2021.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until December 31, 2021.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University at Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0. Continuing Competency credits available are 1.0. Provider ID# 99086.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until December 31, 2021.