Breast cancer is still a complex or complicated disease process affecting millions worldwide. Clinical application of new and recent scientific discoveries had led to significant advances in the prevention, diagnosis and management of breast cancer. The increased probability of survival is dependent on the particular cellular characteristics of tumors and the stage of the disease at diagnosis. Further advances and development in scientific knowledge and clinical care could improve many lives (Thompson, et al, 2008).
Women who are at increased risk for breast cancer can be recognized on the basis of their individual risk factors. Precise individualized breast cancer risk assessment is crucial for the prerequisite of risk-benefit analysis prior to the start of any preventive interventions. There have been no independent comprehensive breast cancer risk assessment models able to explain for all significant combinations of family history, reproductive history and personal history of patients with breast cancer (Amir, et al, 2003).
Group education regarding breast cancer education and risk assessment program is a feasible and acceptable way to bring new advances in breast cancer prevention to large groups of women. With group education, effective teaching will be met. Breast cancer risk information, risk management options and relevant research studies will generate great results especially when being discussed and interacted with the members of the group. This program provides a broad-based educational program for women with personal or family history, environment and lifestyle risk factors for breast cancer.
Individualized risk assessments could be established with every member. Once identified as belonging to the high risk, referrals could then be made to appropriate health care providers and relevant research studies. This program yields an effective method of disseminating important information results (Snyder et al, 2003). References Amir, E. , Evans, D. G. , Shenton, A. , Lallo, A. , Moran, A. , Boggis, C. , Wilson, M. & Howell, A. (2003). Development of the breast cancer education and risk assessment program. Journal of Medical Genetics 40.
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