Patient Education Tools - Breast

Point-of-Care Breast Cancer Screening Videos

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breast cancer screening video

These videos were developed by the Community Network for Cancer Prevention to educate patients about breast cancer screening and to improve breast cancer screening rates..

Patients who are eligible for a mammogram are given the opportunity to view a brief educational video about breast cancer screening in English, Spanish, or Vietnamese before visiting with their physician. Each video, developed by the CNCP, is culturally and linguistically appropriate for African-American, white, Hispanic, and Vietnamese women.

Because the patient selects the video she prefers to watch, selection data can be used to analyze whether mammogram screening rates will improve, patient knowledge about breast cancer screening will increase, and patient attitudes about breast cancer screening will change.

All of the videos can be viewed online.

What is My Risk? A Breast Cancer Risk Calculator

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Breast Cancer Risk Calculator

Doctors at the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center and Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine adapted the user interface of the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool, or the Gail Model, to make it more user friendly for the lay public. The Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool was designed by researchers at the National Cancer Institute and the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project as a tool for health care providers. This calculator estimates a woman’s risk of developing invasive breast cancer.  Breast cancer can spread from where it started, called invasive, into other parts of the body, it is called metastatic breast. Women can use this tool to find out what their chances are of getting invasive breast cancer.  Viewers have the opportunity to print their results to discuss with their health provider.

What is My Risk may be viewed online.

Learning about Breast Cancer Prevention – High-Risk

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Breast cancer videos for women that are at high risk

Healthcare providers may recommend that a patient visit with a breast specialist and learn more about breast cancer prevention strategies. This English and Spanish bilingual program, Learning about Breast Cancer Prevention, provides information on ways to reduce breast cancer risk though healthy lifestyle changes, more aggressive screening, chemoprevention, and prophylactic mastectomy. 

Learning about Breast Cancer Prevention can be viewed online or on a smartphone.

A Patchwork of Life: One Woman's Story

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A Patchwork of Life: One Woman's Story”

A Patchwork of Life: One Woman's Story” is a computer-based patient decision aid that assists women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in making informed decisions about their surgical treatment options (breast conserving surgery with radiation or mastectomy). This online tool delivers the content utilizing a combination of soap opera segments and interactive learning modules with factual information.

"Patchwork of Life" is available in both English and Spanish, and is available in both web-based and CD-ROM versions. The OOHD was recognized with a Silver award from the World Wide Web Health Awards for "A Patchwork of Life."

This program can be viewed online.

Other Resources

For additional information on breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening, visit the American Cancer Society website.