Breast Cancer Screening 101: Screening Guidelines and Imaging Modalities

Recorded Monday, November 23, 2015

In this webinar, the presenters discuss recommendations for screening average and high-risk populations and imaging modalities.

This webinar was hosted by the American Cancer Society in collaboration with the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

Target Audience

Primary health care providers

Learning Objectives

  • Screening recommendations for normal and high-risk populations
  • Evolution of imaging modalities
  • Understanding imaging modalities
  • Resources for physicians and patients


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Robert A. Smith, PhD
Vice President, Cancer Screening, American Cancer Society

Cheryl R. Herman, MD
Board-Certified Diagnostic Radiologist
NAPBC Education and Dissemination Committee Member

About the Presenters

Robert A. Smith, PhD

Dr. Smith is a cancer epidemiologist and Vice President, Cancer Screening at the National Office of the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, GA. He serves as adjunct professor of epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University School of Medicine, and is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine at Queen Mary University of London. He received his PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1983.

Dr. Smith’s primary research interests are cancer epidemiology, evaluation of cancer prevention and early detection programs, quality assurance in the delivery of health services, and cancer rehabilitation and survivorship. He leads the development of American Cancer Society cancer screening guidelines, and oversees initiatives focused on cancer prevention and control and cancer rehabilitation. He is the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles, reports, and book chapters, and is a frequent lecturer on cancer screening issues.

Prior to joining the American Cancer Society, Dr. Smith held positions with the Boston University School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Breast Imaging, and in 2004 he was recognized by the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Board of Sponsors for Outstanding Advances in Breast Cancer. In 2011, he received the Medal of Honor from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and in 2012 was awarded the American Society of Breast Diseases Global Pathfinder Award “for visionary leadership in the fight against breast cancer.”

Cheryl R. Herman, MD

Dr. Herman is a board certified diagnostic radiologist, fellowship trained in breast imaging and intervention, currently working at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, and is faculty in the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis.

She has been on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University and Vanderbilt University after completing her residency at the Medical College of Ohio and fellowship at the University of Virginia. While at Vanderbilt, she was co-director of breast imaging and intervention. She has participated in many conferences on breast imaging and imaging-guided breast biopsy technique.

Dr. Herman has been an examiner for the American Board of Radiology and continues to be a Clinical Reviewer for the American College of Radiology’s Mammography Accreditation Program, surveying breast imaging centers to determine that they are following Mammography Quality Standards Act guidelines. She is also on the Education and Dissemination Committee for the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

This activity is not eligible for CME or CE credits.

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