Every year, approximately 250,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women and nearly 2,300 in men. It’s likely that we all know someone who has been affected by this disease — whether a patient, friend, neighbor, coworker or even a family member.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, allowing all of us to place a special focus on the importance of screening and to raise awareness of the ongoing efforts to bring this disease to an end. By joining together, we can work to boost advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and survivorship. In addition, by joining AANP this month using promo code BCRF20, you will also directly support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF)!
The fight against breast cancer begins with screening. That’s why AANP members have exclusive access to the , which summarizes guidelines from the American Cancer Society (ACS), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).
Currently available in the AANP CE Center, and free for all AANP members, is Boost Your Breast Cancer Treatment Knowledge: Pharmacologic & Genetic Update for Primary Care Providers (1.0 contact hour of continuing education [CE], all of which may be applied toward pharmacology). This activity provides a brief overview and synthesis of current breast cancer guidelines, as well as a pharmacologic update for primary care providers who care for patients undergoing treatment for, patients who have survived and patients at high risk for breast cancer. The presentation includes how germline and somatic mutations aﬀect choices from treatment to survivorship.
Another benefit of AANP membership is a free subscription to the Journal for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP), which has recently published four articles addressing breast cancer. Log in to your AANP account to view the full articles:
The Journal for Nurse Practitioners (JNP), for which AANP members also receive a complimentary subscription, has recently published:
The AANPconnect online conference experience, just $99 for most AANP members and only $39 for NP Student members, presents more than 55 live and on-demand CE sessions. Register for AANPconnect or log in to the conference platform, the only place where you’ll be able to attend:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has organized the Bring Your Brave campaign to share information about breast cancer to women younger than age 45. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect time to share the campaign’s stories from real women whose lives have been affected by this disease. Education is also available for health care providers, including a free video on early onset breast cancer, risk assessment and management guidelines and a specialized risk assessment tool for your patients.
In addition to screening, research has found that NPs can have a strong impact on cancer survivorship care by serving in various roles and settings throughout the cancer trajectory to improve patient outcomes. In fact, one study found that NP-led survivorship clinics, with increased guidance for primary care providers, can improve patients’ quality of and satisfaction with their survivorship care. Likewise, a 2014 survey of 759 breast cancer survivors found no difference in rates of cancer screening (colon, cervical and breast) among provider type, although a significantly larger proportion of patients who last saw an NP reported that they had discussed physical activity, nutrition and weight compared to other health care provider types.
During October 2020, AANP is partnering with BCRF to help fund critical breast cancer research. For every new member who joins using promo code BCRF20 in the month of October, AANP will donate $10 to BCRF.
BCRF is a nonprofit organization that provides critical funding for cancer research worldwide. Since it was founded in 1993, BCRF has raised more than half a billion dollars for lifesaving research.
You make a difference in the lives of your patients every day. By joining AANP’s 114,000 members this month*, you can help make a difference in the fight to eliminate breast cancer — and provide additional support to The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner® as we work together to improve patient care and advance the NP role. Let’s end breast cancer together!