Screening for Breast Cancer: Update on Guidelines and the Ongoing Controversy

Screening for Breast Cancer: Update on Guidelines and the Ongoing Controversy


In the United States, breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women after lung cancer.  According to the American Cancer Society, 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 62,570 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed in women in 2014.  About 40,000 women will die from breast cancer. It is now estimated that one in eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime and 70-80% of these women will have no identifiable elevated risk factors.   This CME activity encompasses the most recent guidelines on screening initiation, screening intervals and screening follow-up.


Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the existing data and controversies surrounding screening for breast cancer.
  • List screening tools and provide supporting evidence for these options.
  • Summarize screening recommendations and interval screenings.

Course Faculty

Priscilla J. Slanetz MD, MPH, FACR
Associate Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School
Program Director, Radiology Residency, BIDMC

Course Fees:  Free

Format:  Text and Graphics

CME Credit:  1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ , risk management study

The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ . Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ .

Activity Term
Start: June 26, 2013    
End: July 31, 2017

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