Risk Factors For Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is a complex, multifaceted disease. The mammography technologist must understand that there are many risk factors for breast Cancer.
A lot of women are misinformed about this and believe that not having a family history of the disease means they are not at risk. The goal of the Risk Factors for Breast Cancer course is to educate mammography technologists about these risk factors so they are prepared to help support patients when they have questions.
The truth is that we are not sure what causes breast cancer but many things affect a woman’s chances of developing it. Family history is indeed an important factor but so are exposure to carcinogens, personal habits, and lifestyle choices. Most cancers begin slowly and the long latency period can make it extremely difficult to determine the cause. There are countless studies and a wealth of research available on this topic.
This course is meant to serve as an overview. Anyone interested in learning more is encouraged to seek out additional information from reliable sources.
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Find Out More About The Course
This course covers a wide range of material concerning risk factors for breast cancer. It starts with an overview of breast cancer rates by ethnicity and age and explores the current statistics, breaking down what it really means that one in eight women will develop breast cancer.
Risk factors for Breast Cancer are clearly defined, including what makes a woman high or moderate risk. Unchangeable breast cancer risk factors are explored, including being female, advancing age, race, ethnicity, and religion. This course also looks at personal and familial medical history, specifically how a personal history of cancer or having a first-degree relative with breast cancer affects one’s risk. Abnormal biopsies, previous radiation treatments, early menarche, late menopause, and exposure to synthetic estrogen are also covered. Breast density and its relation to breast cancer risks are reviewed as well.
Lifestyle factors that affect risk are explored, including not having children or not having children until later in life, the age of first pregnancy and first live birth, history of breastfeeding, use of hormonal birth control, taking hormone replacement therapy, history of alcohol consumption, induced abortions, obesity, level of physical activity, chemical exposures, history of smoking, education, income, and sexual orientation.
Some controversial risk factors are discussed as well, including coffee consumption, high carb diets, height, CMV exposure, lifestyle choices during adolescence, stress, skin cancer, bras, exposure to parabens, working night shifts, and getting breast implants. A list of foods that may increase breast cancer risk is provided.
This self-directed course is worth 4 continuing education credits and includes a 32 question multiple-choice online exam. By completing this course, you will attain the Risk Factors for Breast Cancer Certificate 2020.
What You'll Learn
Here are Just A Few of the Topics Our Course Will Cover:
- Deep exploration of the current breast cancer statistics such as rates by ethnicity and age .
- How a personal history of cancer or having a first-degree relative with breast cancer affects one’s risk.
- A discussion on controversial risk factors such as coffee consumption.
You’ll Also Get…
Sheralyn D. – American Fork, UT
“I have been in radiology for 29 years and during that time I obtained my mammography license. I enjoyed working in this field, but when we moved, I was employed in a clinic that didn’t have a mammography unit in their facility. Years later, as I explored getting back into the mammo field, I needed to meet the guidelines and recommendations of MQSA. I searched many online sites to find CE coursework to fulfill the requirements. There are many offerings out there, however, Radcomm is the best in price and quality and I highly recommend it to anyone who needs CE credits.”
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“I like everything about your program. It is convenient, relevant to my job, and cost efficient. I especially like the topics and I will recommend RadComm to my coworkers.”
These courses are an easy way to get my credits on my own schedule. The courses are always interesting and totally worth the time to read and complete.”
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Most RadComm courses are made up of 2 modules: The study guide and the quiz. Pass the quiz with a 75% or better.
Once you pass the quiz module you gain instant access to a certificate which you can use to submit your credits to the ARRT.
Who is This Course For
- This course is a great option for mammographers who need to satisfy the MQSA requirement for 4 hours of continuing mammography training.
- Any mammographer who is looking for high quality mammography credits in a self paced format.
- MQSA Inspectors
- Mammography Vendors and Supervisors
About the Instructor
Jeanette is the founder of RadComm. In her role as a breast imaging consultant and breast health educator, she has traveled the country instructing fellow mammographers in the fine art of mammography. She has been a registered radiologic technologist (ARRT) since 1975 and received certification in mammography in 1992.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Mundelein College (of Loyola University), Chicago. She is a member of The Society of Breast Imaging and the Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists. Jeanette was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998 on an annual screening mammogram at the age of 42 and is proof that early detection saves lives.
Frequently Asked Questions
Each interactive, self-directed course contains 2 modules. The 1st module is the course content. The 2nd module is the exam. To get started select your desired course above and follow the prompts for immediate access.
Mammography continuing education credits and certificates are awarded after the successful completion of each course and exam. You will be given the option to print or save a copy to your computer for your records.
All mammography courses offered by RadComm have been approved by the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) for Category A Continuing Education Credits. AHRA is a Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism (RCEEM) and has been authorized by the ARRT to approve Category A credit.
Technologists may repeat any course for CE, if they complete it in a different biennium. Technologists using RadComm’s courses are responsible for tracking the courses they have completed on our site. RadComm assumes no responsibility for any issues arising from repeating a course(s) in the same biennium
No, these mammography courses are approved for technologist use and award Category A credits. They have not been submitted to physician governing bodies for approval.
Yes, these courses are approved by the state of Florida and have been assigned a Florida approval number, which appears on your Certificate of Completion. All other states recognize and accept continuing education Category A credits approved by an ARRT RCEEM (Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism).
The ARRT does not have any specific CE requirements for mammography technologists. They do require that all ARRT technologists earn 24 Category A credits per biennium (every two years) to satisfy CE requirements.
As part of the 24 credits required per biennium by the ARRT, MQSA (FDA) requires 15 credits of mammography-specific continuing education every 36 months (3 years) for mammographers. To simplify the confusion, RadComm recommends that you obtain a minimum of 5 Category A credits in mammography each year to fulfill the MQSA requirement. For further clarification of these rules, please see our Rules and Regulations page.