Breast cancer risks for nurses

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A new breast cancer study led by nurse Karen E. Greco, RN, PhD, ANP-BC, titled “Mammography Decision Making in Older Women With a Breast Cancer Family History,” published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, looks at how women (55 years and older) make decisions on breast cancer screening if they have a first-degree relative who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Considering the average age of RNs in the United States was 46 in 2008—up from 45.2 in 2000—the findings in Greco’s study should be news that every nurse takes to heart.

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Marijke Durning

Marijke is a professional writer who began her working career as a registered nurse over 25 years ago. After working in clinical areas ranging from rehab to intensive care, as a floor nurse to a supervisor, she found she could combine her extensive health knowledge with her love of writing. Although she has been published in a wide variety of publications for professionals and the general public, her passion is writing for the every day person to promote health literacy.

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