Integration of Breast Density in Breast Cancer Screening and Risk Assessment

Presenter: Parisa Tehranifar, DrPH, MPHpt140_Parisa Tehranifar_pt140_1

Assistant Professor

Department of Epidemiology

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Date: March 7, 2017

Description: 

Breast density is the comparison of fatty tissue to fibrous tissue on a mammogram. Among women with dense breasts, it may be more difficult to detect breast tumors with a mammogram alone. Additionally, women with dense breasts may be at an increased risk of breast cancer. To improve screening of breast cancer, public health practitioners and other health professionals need to consider how breast density should be integrated into breast cancer risk assessment. In this webinar, Dr. Parisa Tehranifar discusses current challenges associated with integrating breast density into breast cancer screening such as the accuracy of breast density visual assessment, knowing when to order supplemental breast cancer screening, and social disparities associated with awareness of breast density screening.

Reflection Questions

  • What is breast density and what is its relationship to breast cancer risk and detection?
  • What are some approaches used to integrate breast density in breast cancer screening and risk assessment?
  • How could the disclosure of personal breast density results affect breast cancer disparities?

Council on Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (2014 Version)

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  • Specific competencies: 1A10, 1A14, 1B10, 1B14, 1B15, 1C10, 1C14, 1C15, 2A6, 2A7, 2B8, 3A1, 4A3, 4A4, 4A6, 4B3, 4C3, 5A2, 6A6

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Exámenes de detección de cáncer de mama y otros comportamientos de salud entre las latinas

Presentadora: Dra. Ana Abriado-Lanza_AO79392
Profesor Asociado
Ciencias Sociomédicas
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Descripción: En este webinar, la Dra. Ana Abriado-Lanza da una visión general de la composición de la población latina que vive en los Estados Unidos, vinculando estas estadísticas a las disparidades de detección de cáncer de mama entre latinas y blancos no hispanos. A través de revisión de literatura relevante basada en la evidencia y su propia investigación, la Dra. Abriado-Lanza identifica los factores culturales y estructurales que afectan las tasas de detección y la morbilidad y mortalidad del cáncer de mama. Ella concluye especificando las áreas ricas para la investigación futura en el tratamiento de las disparidades de salud de los latinos relacionadas con la detección del cáncer, el tabaquismo y la actividad física.

Fecha: 1 de marzo de 2016.

Lectura previa recomendada:

Exámenes de detección de cáncer de mama entre latinas de la Republica Dominicana: Un vistazo al fatalismo y otros factores socio-culturales.

Preguntas para reflexionar:

¿Por qué es importante considerar la heterogeneidad de los grupos latinos en los Estados Unidos?
¿Cuáles son algunos de los desafíos inherentes al concepto de la aculturación?
¿Cuáles son las controversias sobre el fatalismo y la detección del cáncer?

Council on Linkages: Competencias básicas para profesionales de la salud pública (versión 2014)

Dominio de Competencia Primaria: Competencia Cultural

Competencias específicas: 1A1, 2A5, 4A2, 4A5, 5A2, 8A4, 8A5

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