Breast Cancer: Prevention, Detection, and Pathophysiology


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Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide and the second-most common cancer overall. No matter what your practice setting or job title, understanding how breast cancer develops, and the risk factors associated with development is important. The Breast Cancer: Prevention, Detection, and Pathophysiology online course will teach you about the beginnings of breast cancer and how you can work with your patients to detect it early.

This course is offered on demand. Instructions on how to immediately access the course will be sent to you in an automatically generated email receipt after you register. You will enjoy continuous access for 180 days.

Course Topics

  • Breast Cancer Trends
  • Risk Factors
  • Prevention
  • Screening
  • Genetics of Breast Cancer
  • Pathophysiology and Staging

Expected Outcomes

Upon completion of this activity, the learner will demonstrate knowledge of prevention, detection, and pathophysiology of breast cancers by achieving a post test score of at least 80%.

Target Audience

This course is appropriate for oncology nurses who wish to increase their knowledge of breast cancer. This course is also appropriate for those who are preparing for oncology nursing breast certification examination and renewal via Individual Learning Needs Assessment (ILNA) renewal points.

This course is included in the Breast Cancer Bundle. Get the bundle at a discount rate, or register for any of these courses individually.

Breast Cancer Bundle

ILNA Breakdown

Content in this learning activity is applicable to meeting individual requirements for certification renewal through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation's Individual Learning Needs Assessment (ILNA) renewal method.

Up to 4.58 ILNA point may be applied to Symptom Management OR Survivorship OR Psychosocial OR Professional Practice OR End-of-Life. Up to 5.56 ILNA points may be applied to Health Promotion/Screening and Early Detection OR Scientific Basis for Practice.

No more than 5.56 total points may be claimed for the program.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe epidemiologic trends in breast cancer in the United States.
  • Identify key risk factors associated with breast cancer development.
  • Identify factors associated with ethnic disparities in breast cancer screening and prevention.
  • Describe essential components of screening technologies.
  • Describe the pathophysiology and genetic factors associated with breast cancer development and prognosis.
  • Describe the different classifications of breast cancer and their subtypes.
  • Describe staging mechanisms for breast cancer.

Technical Requirements

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*Use of an earlier version will prohibit the ability to post discussions or view some materials within the course properly.

After upgrading to one of these supported browser versions, please ensure your computer is set up to support the following additional requirements before beginning the lessons.

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**If you're using a work computer for your course, the installation of these components may require assistance from the IT department at your place of business.

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