Electing Action

This post was contributed by Debra Monticciolo, MD, FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Commission on Breast imaging.

DEBRA MONTICCIOLO MD FACRThis year, the Nov. 8 International Day of Radiology (#IDoR2016), with its spotlight on breast imaging, comes immediately on the heels of this month’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This is a terrific opportunity to amplify the actions taken at the national level by the ACR and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) in our communities.

The ACR and SBI guidelines (along with those from other breast cancer expert groups) continue to strongly recommend that women get annual mammograms starting at age 40.  This will give women the maximum lifesaving benefit from mammography, which can cut breast cancer deaths by more than 40 percent. ACR and SBI continue fight to preserve access to mammograms, recently joining patient groups and minority health care advocates to urge Congress to extend mandatory insurance coverage for women 40 and older who want annual mammograms. But it’s a battle we need to fight together.

In addition to what ACR and SBI do, how can we, in our practices and daily lives, support and advance breast imaging? The answer is simple — elect action.

  • Support the Nov. 8 International Day of Radiology. How? Get ready now; see our ideas and free resources.
  • Join the #IDoR2016 Thunderclap with ACR, RLI and Image Wisely. It’s easy.
  • Get social and share your photos and activities with the radiology community on ACR Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Remember to tag @RadiologyACR and use #IDoR2016.
  • Use the ACR-provided free and customizable #IDoR2016 ideas and resources.
  • Check out our breast cancer awareness resources, including solid data on screening, at ACR.org
  • Celebrate breast cancer awareness annually and throughout the year at the local level.
  • Prompt discussions with patients regarding their ability to gain access to care.
  • Be acquainted with — and send your patients — to resources like Mammography Saves Lives, org and End the Confusion.

National awareness campaigns give us the chance — at the local level — to celebrate the thousands of lives saved by the many contributions of breast imagers and radiation oncologists. We can also highlight breast imaging and the essential role that radiology plays in the detection, diagnosis and management of breast disease. Let’s not end breast cancer awareness in October and November.

What are you doing that successfully promotes breast imaging locally? Let us know here on via Engage (log in required).

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