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About This Course

There are numerous options for breast cancer genetic testing, with different strengths and limitations depending on the patient’s personal and family history. In this course, you will practice evaluating how well a particular genetic test assesses breast cancer risk (clinical validity) and the potential impact of testing on patient outcomes (clinical utility). This course is targeted to clinicians who order breast cancer genetic testing.

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Target Audience
This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of practicing nurses and/or advanced practice nurses, physicians and physician assistants.

Learning Outcomes
  • Collect family history to guide screening of cancer risk
  • Communicate genomic information in a patient-centered way

CNE Information and Disclosures

Release Date: 5/3/2017
Expiration Date: 4/4/2019

CNE Approval Statement
This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Northeast Multi-State Division (NE-MSD), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont Nurses Associations are members of the Northeast Multi-State Division of the American Nurses Association.

Claiming Your Credit
In order to claim credit 1) answer the pre-assessment questions, 2) work through the module content in its entirety, 3) successfully complete the post-assessment answering 2 out of 4 questions correctly and 4) complete the evaluation.    

Nurses are eligible for a maximum of .25 contact hours upon the completion of this activity.

Planners, Writers, and Reviewers

  • Emily Edelman, MS, CGC, The Jackson Laboratory
  • Greg Feero, MD, PhD, Maine General Medical Center; Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency program
  • Therese Ingram Nissen, MA, The Jackson Laboratory
  • Suzanne Levasseur, APRN
  • Kate Reed, MPH, ScM, CGC, The Jackson Laboratory
  • Suzanna Schott, ScM, CGC, The Jackson Laboratory
  • Robin Schwartz, MS, CGC, UCONN Health, Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences
  • Linda Steinmark, ScM, CGC, The Jackson Laboratory

Dr. Abdullah Elias, MD, Shodair Children's Hospital, and Dr. Susan Miesfeldt, Maine Medical Center, contributed to an earlier version of this program.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure
This educational activity does not include any content that relates to the products and/or services of a commercial interest that would create a conflict of interest.

Commercial Support
An earlier version of this program was supported by educational grants from The Maine Cancer Foundation and The Jackson Laboratory Director's Innovation Fund. There is no commercial support being received for this activity.


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Should you have questions regarding the content of the activity, please email Clinical and Continuing Education at the Jackson Laboratory or call 207.288.6971.

Should you have technical questions, please email Therese Ingram.