NEW YORK, June 7, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- WebMD (Nasdaq: WBMD) has teamed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to educate clinicians on providing appropriate and timely care to women with early signs of breast cancer. In collaboration with Medscape from WebMD (http://www.medscape.com), the leading provider of online medical information and education for physicians and other healthcare professionals, the CDC has developed an online continuing medical education (CME) program called "Follow Up of Abnormal Clinical and Imaging Findings of the Breast: Five Self-Study Modules for Primary Care Clinicians."
The program has been endorsed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), which will promote the activities among its membership base of more than 50,000 physicians and other healthcare providers.
The curriculum was developed to train physicians on the latest evidence, protocols and guidelines around detecting breast cancer. Available to registered Medscape members at http://www.medscape.com/editorial/public/breastcancer-cdc, the activity consists of five modules:
1. Breast Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology, 2. Health History and Clinical Breast Examination, 3. Workup of Abnormal Clinical Findings, 4. Follow up of Abnormal Imaging Findings: Biopsy Methods, and 5. Risk Management.
The format of the modules is designed to promote self-study and to be updated regularly in order to reflect new clinical research and advances in technology.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer to occur among women in the United States, and 13.2% of all U.S. women are expected to develop this malignancy in their lifetime.(1) The online CME activity developed by Medscape, the CDC, ACOG, and in consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will help health professionals better understand different approaches to early breast cancer detection, as well as provide the opportunity to earn CME credits.
"The challenge for primary care physicians is to optimize detection and management of early breast cancer," said Eddie Reed, MD, director of CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. "In order to do this, physicians must stay current with an ever-growing body of clinical evidence, methods, and procedures. We believe that this CME program will provide critical help to physicians and enable them to keep on top of new and potentially life-saving information."
"The breast cancer modules review the latest knowledge and research on the presentation and management of abnormal findings of the breast, with particular emphasis on assessment and early diagnosis," said Ralph W. Hale, MD, Executive Vice President, ACOG. "This hands-on clinical information will be very valuable to ACOG's more than 50,000 members who provide health care to women."
"As the leader in online CME, Medscape is committed to helping medical professionals improve their skills and augment their knowledge in order to provide the best care for patients," said Steve Zatz, MD, EVP, Professional Services, WebMD. "We are very pleased to partner with the CDC and ACOG to offer such an important CME program that will improve the ability of physicians to detect and investigate early signs of breast cancer in their patients."
"Follow Up of Abnormal Clinical and Imaging Findings of the Breast" is authored and edited by: Helen Barr, MD; Mary Dolan, MD, FACOG; Captain Joseph Kaczmarczyk, DO, MPH, FACOOG; Mary F. Mitchell, BA; Judy Hannan, RN, MPH; Captain Herschel Lawson, MD, FACOG; Captain Susan Lockhart, PhD; Nancy Dunn, RN, MS. Editors: Darlene Field, PhD, Contributing Editor, Peggy Keen, PhD, Editorial Director, Medscape Women's Health, Ursula Snyder, PhD, Contributing Editor.
WebMD Health Corp. (Nasdaq: WBMD) is the leading provider of health information services, serving consumers, physicians, healthcare professionals, employers and health plans through our public and private online portals and health-focused publications. WebMD Health Corp. is a subsidiary of HLTH Corporation (Nasdaq: HLTH).
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(1) Ries LAG, Eisner MP, Kosary CL, et al. (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2002, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, Md.
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