DBI’s free downloadable patient brochure has just been updated! The single fold brochure (print/fold) is available in both English and Spanish. We extend thanks to our Patient Advisory Group and Medical Advisory Board for their input and perspectives!
As new research is published, the DBI website content is reviewed and edited, including:
- Health Provider FAQ: What is the recommended breast screening for women with disease causing genetic variants? In addition to pathogenic/likely pathogenic variant carriers and their untested first-degree relatives, annual screening MRI is recommended in addition to mammography/tomosynthesis in some subgroups of women. See updated gene/NCCN screening guideline table.
Our popular “Dense Breasts, 5 Facts to Know“ page has just been redesigned based on input from our Patient Advisory Group. And WOW!
- Please visit/share this great introduction to the topic. Available here (European visitors, here, Spanish version, here).
Topic: Medical jargon and patient understanding
- A recent JAMA cross-sectional study Accuracy in Patient Understanding of Common Medical Phrases showed that participants frequently misunderstood and often assigned meaning opposite to what the clinician intended. “These findings suggest that use of common medical phrases may lead to confusion among patients affecting health outcomes.”
As new research is published, website content is reviewed to incorporate it. Newly updated is the popular Technology Tab table, Cancer Detection by Screening Method.
DB-i in the News:
Breast Cancer Awareness Month and news of an updated FDA timeline for a U.S. national “dense breast” reporting standard resulted in much demand for DB-i comments, story input, and images. Below are some national media opportunities we were included in:
- People Magazine story, FDA to Implement New Mammogram Regulations to Support Women with Dense Breasts included a DB-i quote and a mention/link to the DB-I website
- Readers Digest/UK ran a patient education piece co-authored by our European Education Coordinator, Cheryl Cruwys, Breast Cancer: Why Breast Density Matters
- CBS National News featured a story, FDA Plans New Regulations on Mammograms in Effort to Help Women with Dense Breasts, which included the DB-i dynamic image of a cancer moving from a fatty to an extremely dense breast.
Updated Technology Tab Table:
As part of our ongoing review, the popular Technology Tab table, Cancer Detection by Screening Method has just been updated. It complements the recently updated simplified patient Q+A table, If I have dense breasts and cancer might be missed on my mammogram, what else can I do?
Spanish Fact Sheet:
Hispanic people are the largest minority (62+ million) in the U.S. and make up the 13.5% of the U.S. population that speak Spanish at home. To address the educational needs of this community, DB-i features a full suite of content in Spanish. Among patient Spanish-language tools is the just updated printable Spanish Patient Fact Sheet.
One of the most commonly asked questions from patients is, “If I have dense breasts and cancer might be missed on my mammogram, what else can I do?” As part of our regular review to keep data as current as possible, that Q+A has just been updated and edited to be more patient friendly. (European visitors, please see Patient Q+A #18 here.)
A joint IAEA and SNMMI webinar, Molecular Breast Imaging: State of the Art, will provide nuclear medicine physicians/technologists, oncologists and breast surgeons with the most current information on the use of molecular breast imaging and dedicated breast PET imaging. When: Sept. 15th, 2022. Time: 11am-12:30pm (USA/Eastern). Credits: 1.5 CE
Our very popular Patient Fact Sheet has just been updated! The printable PDF provides basic dense breast info and encourages a conversation between a woman and her health team about supplemental screening. Feedback received is that it is a useful clinical flyer or health fair hand out. The Fact Sheet is available in 20+ languages.
As a reminder a full suite of patient content, including printable tools, is available at:
We have received queries from health professionals in the U.S. about how to write an order for supplemental screening. With the input of our Medical Advisory Board, we have reviewed and updated FAQ #26 “If my dense-breasted patient would like supplemental screening after her mammogram, how should I write the order?”
As a reminder, comprehensive lists of Patient Q+As are available in website sections: