Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among Michigan women and, in Michigan, is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer. Lifestyle improvements (e.g. exercise, diet, maintaining an optimum weight, limiting alcohol intake, and limiting exposure to exogenous estrogens) are important components of breast cancer prevention. In addition to basic lifestyle changes, women who are identified at an increased risk for developing breast cancer may also benefit from pharmacologic interventions.
The MCC Breast Cancer Risk Advisory Committee has developed a position paper for providers discussing guidelines set forth by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO). These guidelines are for use by medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, gynecologists, and all primary care providers and recommend pharmacologic interventions to reduce the risk of breast cancer in women not previously diagnosed with breast cancer. (May 2014)
Cancer Family History Guide: The Cancer Family History Guide is a hand-held risk assessment tool designed to identify patients at risks for two hereditary cancer syndromes: Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome and Lynch Syndrome. The Cancer Family History Guide is provided free of charge to Michigan healthcare providers.
Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool: This Web tool allows a health professional to project a woman's individualized estimate of risk for invasive breast cancer over a five-year period and over her lifetime (to age 90). The Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool has been designed for a health professional to project an individual patient's estimate of invasive breast cancer risk. It is only part of the complex discussion regarding a woman's options in reducing her risk of breast cancer.
National Cancer Institute — Cancer Topic Searches: Breast Cancer Cancer Topic Searches are prepared literature searches of the National Library of Medicine's PubMed database. Literature citations on more than 100 different topics can be obtained. All citations on a specific topic can be retrieved, or the results can be limited by selecting one of three date ranges.
This site offers a summary of news/commentaries, reviews, handbooks, and other materials covering the continuum of breast cancer issues. Many pages of information are available and are organized under topics such as epidemiology and risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, and psychosocial effects.
Medscape Resource Center — Breast Cancer
A collection of the latest medical news and information about breast cancer workup, treatment, follow up, and images. This resource center includes news, conference summaries, articles, editorials, journal scans, treatment updates, clinical management modules, MEDLINE abstracts, and more.
National Cancer Institute (NCI) — Cancer Genetics Network
The NCI sponsors the Cancer Genetics Network (CGN), a national network of centers specializing in the study of inherited predisposition to cancer. The resource is available to the research community at large to support studies on the genetic basis of human cancer susceptibility, the integration of this information into medical practice, and the behavioral, ethical, and public health issues associated with human genetics.