ASCCP Releases Updated Consensus Guidelines for Managing Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening Tests and Cancer Precursors
The American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) has released the Updated Consensus Guidelines for Managing Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening Tests and Cancer Precursors. These guidelines follow incorporating longer screening intervals and cotesting. Algorithms detailing the different management recommendations were also developed and released. Both the newly released guidelines and the algorithms are available for download from the ASCCP website.
Posted: April 2013
CDC Learning Connection
Visit the Centers for Disease Control Learning Connection to locate learning products and resources designed to help the public health community diagnose, manage the symptoms of, educate patients, and address publish health issues. For BCCEDP program directors and staff, there is a web-based training course designed to guide participants through the process of developing a workplan. Clinicians will find excellent learning materials for breast and cervical cancer screening in the Spotlight section of the CDC Learning Connection.
Posted: March 2013
On Topic - a new resource for EWC Providers
As a way of communicating with EWC Providers about important clinical alerts, we have added On Topic to the Provider Resources section of the website. On February 19, the page was launched with an important message about false negatives and HPV testing. Please read the message and check back often for future communications from DHCS.
Posted: February 2013
Download and Browse the Breast Cancer Diagnostic Algorithms on All Your Mobile Devices!
You can now access the Breast Cancer Diagnostic Algorithms on your tablet or smart phone! Download the booklet and the free Adobe Reader X mobile app to easily navigate between the algorithm flowcharts, notes, and key messages. Posted: May 2012
1. Risk Assessment Table
2. New Palpable Mass
3. Abnormal Screening Mammogram
4. Spontaneous Unilateral Nipple Discharge
5. Breast Skin Changes/Nipple Retraction
6. Breast Pain in a Non-Lactating Woman
7. Breast Biopsy
Cervical History & Exam Documentation Form - Available for Download
The Cervical History & Exam Documentation Form was recently added to the Professional Resources section of the website. Focus tested by Every Woman Counts clinicians in summer 2011, the form is suitable for use in clinics that provide cervical cancer screening services. The Cervical History & Exam Documentation Form may be used in conjunction with the Clinical Breast Exam Results Documentation Form, also available from the Professional Resources section of the website. Posted: March 2012
Cervical Cancer Screening and Follow-Up - Continuing Medical Education (CME) Opportunity!
The Department of Health Care Services, Every Woman Counts (EWC) program, is offering a newly developed course to help primary care clinicians update and improve their knowledge of cervical cancer screening and follow-up. The course is provided on numerous dates and locations throughout California. For more information and to register for the course, please visit the Training Center section of the website. Posted: January 2012
CBE Technique Video
The third edition of the video Core Competencies of CBE is now available. The video covers the nine key elements of a comprehensive clinical breast exam, as determined by a national workgroup of breast screening experts and published in Clinical Breast Examination: Practical Recommendations for Optimizing Performance and Reporting, CA Cancer J Clin 2004;54:327-344. Posted: December 2011
Breast Cancer Diagnostic Algorithms - 4th Edition - Available for Download
The Breast Cancer Diagnostic Algorithms for Primary Care Providers has been updated by the Breast Expert Workgroup (June 2011). The Algorithms were developed to aid primary care clinicians with the work-up of breast abnormalities and to promote the practice of routine risk assessment. Originally published in 1997, the 4th edition incorporates the latest research and guideline updates into a brief, user-friendly format.
Health care providers are encouraged to use the algorithms as an adjunct to clinical decision-making; they are not intended to replace clinical judgment with regard to individual cases.
The revised algorithms are available for download from the Cancer Screening & Diagnosis section of this website. Posted: December 2011
Revised Breast Cancer History & Risk Assessment Form - Available for Download
The Breast Cancer History and Risk Assessment form has been revised (June 2011). This patient information form is suitable for use in any clinic providing screening services. The form can be used in conjunction with the Risk Assessment Table (see Breast Cancer Diagnostic Algorithms) to help identify women who may be at increased risk of developing breast cancer.
Posted: December 2011
Revised CBE Documentation Form - Available for Download
The CBE Documentation Form has been revised. When completed with care and accuracy, it is a valuable tool for both assisting providers with the communication of key findings within and across specialties and for clinical risk management. It is suitable for use in any clinic providing clinical breast exams
Posted: December 2011
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