Breast Cancer - Provider Resources

Fact Sheets:

Position Papers:

  •  Pharmocologic Interventions for Breast Cancer Risk-Reduction:

    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)

Provider Tools:

  • 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

  • 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.

  •  Clinical Protocol for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer: Includes both screening and follow-up protocols (December 2016)


Websites of Interest:

    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 Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program  
    The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program provides access to breast and cervical cancer screening services to underserved women in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 5 U.S. territories, and 12 tribes.
  • 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.

More information is available on these MCC pages: