Oncology Nursing Society Statement on Breast Cancer Screening

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11/20/09
"The American Nurses Association (ANA) provides the following Statement received from the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS):

Breast Cancer Screening
"Breast cancer is a significant public health problem. Although all women are at risk for developing breast cancer, the risk is greater in women as they grow older, especially after the age of 40, and in women with a hereditary predisposition for developing breast cancer. Breast cancer treatment is usually less aggressive and better tolerated when the disease is detected early. Currently, the three primary tools used for the early detection of breast cancer are breast self-examination (BSE), clinical breast examination (CBE) by a healthcare provider, and mammography (National Comprehensive Cancer Network [NCCN], 2005)."

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