Trends Discovered in Breast Health and Breast Cancer Survivor Needs

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Cancer News
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The American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation Examined its 2017 and 2018 Most Read Articles to Identify Potential Patient and Caregiver Education, Information Needs

COLUMBIA, Md., Feb. 27, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- A year-end analysis of site traffic and search data for

revealed some interesting trends that may signal what patients and caregivers may need and will look for in 2019. Breast cancer survivors, their caregivers, and others who want reliable, helpful information about breast health care and breast cancer can find it at is an award-winning patient education website written by breast care experts and hosted by the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) Foundation.

The most read article at in 2018 was on breast density. This may be due, in part, to the recent advances in breast density legislation in various states throughout the U.S., which includes screening, notification, and education requirements. Also, on February 15, 2019, a federal law was signed which requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop breast density reporting language for both patient letters and provider reports.

"It is anticipated that there will be an increased need for education about dense breasts in 2019 due to these legislative developments," said Beth Boyd, RN, American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation Chairman." Responding to this need, the Foundation posted a series of brief, informative videos from their recent patient event in Boston that cover dense breast challenges, screening options, what you need to do post-diagnosis, and survivorship.

A similar analysis of trends was conducted last year. The most read article at in 2017 was on fibroadenomas, common benign tumors of the breast that affect as many as 10 percent of women. Our 2017 article remained high on our top article list for 2018. Visitors also continue to most often seek information from us about breast biopsies, breast surgery, breast imaging, anesthesia options for breast surgery, tomosynthesis (3D mammography), ultrasound technology, ductal carcinoma in-situ, Idiopathic Granulomatous Mastitis (IGM), and other abnormalities seen in breast imaging.

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About the ASBrS Foundation: The ASBrS Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization founded in 2005 to improve the standard of care for breast disease. The Foundation supports the mission of The American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS), the primary leadership organization for general surgeons who treat patients with breast disease. ASBrS is committed to continually improving the practice of breast surgery by serving as an advocate for surgeons who seek excellence in the care of breast patients. This mission is accomplished by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and by promoting education, research, and the development of advanced surgical techniques. Learn more about the Foundation's programs at

About the Website:'s goal is to engage, educate and empower their readers so that they will be better able to make informed decisions for their breast health care. The content of the website has been written by members of The American Society of Breast Surgeons, with a bit of help from collaborating experts in acupuncture, lymphedema and psychology, as well as patient advocates. The contained information is not meant to replace a medical provider's treatment or advice. Patients should consult their healthcare providers for specific medical treatment decisions.


SOURCE American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation

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