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184805 - Breast cancer screening and diagnostic breast imaging

  • : Online

This activity will help GPs make decisions (with patients) about appropriate breast imaging for screening and diagnostic purposes, based on evidence of effectiveness and potential harms. The activity is divided into four parts: general information on breast cancer, breast imaging modalities, screening, and diagnosis.

Relevance to General Practice

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in Australia; an estimated 18,087 women (and 148 men) were diagnosed during 2018. It is the second largest cause of cancer death after lung cancer.

Breast imaging is used for the investigation of women with breast symptoms as well as for screening asymptomatic women. When using breast imaging, it is important to differentiate what is clinically required in each case. The available imaging modalities, including newer technologies, have benefits and limitations that vary depending on patient context. General practitioners (GPs) are well placed to determine a patient’s risk of breast cancer and assess patient factors that impact imaging.

Learning outcomes
  • Describe the risk factors for breast cancer and how to assess a woman’s individual risk.
  • Explain the differences between screening and diagnostic imaging for breast cancer.
  • Outline the triple test systematic approach to investigating a new breast symptom.
  • Summarise the benefits, risks and limitations of breast imaging modalities.
  • Discuss the factors that influence decision making in breast imaging.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Ways in which health can be optimised and maintained are communicated to patients, family members and carers

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Rational options for investigations are offered

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    • Duty of care is maintained

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    • Shared decision making and informed consent are explained and obtained

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Women's health
    • Oncology and palliative care
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    184805 - Breast cancer screening and diagnostic breast imaging
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    1.5 hrs
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    3 cpd
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