Risks and Etiology of Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer
Breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among women, and represents the second leading cause of death related to cancer, second to lung cancer. Ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer among women, but ranks fifth as cause of cancer deaths. Information related to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer represents a crucial component of the knowledge base needed by the registered professional nurse providing care for women across the life-span. The purpose of this article is to increase registered nurses’ level of awareness regarding screening options related to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer [HBOC], as well as risk reduction and risk management measures that are available

Course Publication Date: September 10, 2014

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Author:Rita Iverson RNC, CDONA
Course No:BOC080114
Contact Hours:2.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Community & Home Health
Leadership & Case Management
Medical & Surgical Issues
Oncologic Medicine
Women's Health

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Learning Objectives
  • Discuss risk factors associated hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
  • Explain the significance of BRCA1 & BRCA 2 mutation and founder’s effect.
  • Describe Title I and Title II of GINA.
  • Give details about the efficacy of various screening, risk reduction, and risk modification measures related to HBOC.


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