September 17, 2019

ACR Offers New "Talking to Patients about Breast Cancer Screening" CME Toolkit

Doctors Can Earn CME Upon Completing Toolkit Module

To improve breast cancer outcomes, the American College of Radiology® (ACR®) has created a FREE “Talking To Patients About Breast Cancer Screening” toolkit for radiologists to share with referring doctors.

The customizable resources help providers: 

Many studies show that annual screening greatly reduces breast cancer deaths. Yet, 35 percent of women who should be screened choose not to get a mammogram — contributing to thousands of deaths each year. 

With conflicting screening guidelines and no modern randomized controlled trial (RCT) data, many doctors may not understand RCT and modern prospective study data on reduced mortality and morbidity due to screening.

Providers may not know what to tell women regarding when and how often to be screened. This has contributed to confusion in women about when — or even if — they should get a mammogram.

This toolkit would help referring providers make better screening recommendations by showing them why: 

  • All women should be assessed for risk by age 30 (especially African-American and Ashkenazi women)
  • Average-risk women should start annual screening at age 40
  • High-risk women should start sooner and consider supplemental exams
  • Mammography is proven effective at reducing breast cancer deaths
  • Mammography benefits outweigh screening risks — including overdiagnosis and false positives

Radiologists are strongly encouraged to download these materials:

  • Customize them with their facility’s branding (we’ve left a place for that in each item)
  • Share them with referring clinicians and advise them of CME availability!
  • Place patient materials on their website and in their waiting room
  • Print and include in correspondence with patients and referring providers

The toolkit can be accessed via Breast Imaging Resources Section, Provider Resources Section, and