Critical breast exam skills are learned on tactually accurate breast models and breast exam simulators that teach the difference between suspicious masses and normal nodular breast tissue so that clinicians and women can perform more effective breast exams without false positive alarms.
This site is dedicated to US universities participating in the MammaCare / National Science Foundation Clinical Breast Exam Competency Network (CBECN). The course modules include both online tutorials and training practice on MammaCare CBE simulators that teach and validate palpation skills.
Certification courses provide in-depth training to improve examination and teaching skills and to increase clinician confidence. Certification is offered to nurses, physicians, radiologic technologists and health educators in the United States and Germany.
The MammaCare online continuing education (CE) course introduces the standards of practice for proficient clinical breast examination (CBE) and personal breast examination. The course contains instructional videos that guide hands through essential palpation exercises and didactic learning modules.
MammaCare’s mission is to train every hand that examines a woman, including her own.
MammaCare®, the recognized quality-standard for clinical and personal breast exams, was developed with the support of the National Cancer Institute, the National Science Foundation and scientists worldwide.
MammaCare trains the sense of touch to detect suspicious breast tumors at the earliest stage while reducing false alarms. Medical research now confirms that fingers discover a large proportion of breast cancers. MammaCare teaches fingers what to feel for.
Recent reports disclose that women are able to self-detect potentially fatal breast cancer with their hands, cancer that was missed by mammograms in most cases. At first this may seem surprising or even disruptive of traditional practices, but evidence from biological and clinical science actually supports the women. Hundreds of touch receptors in our fingers comprise […]
Sheila Hermesmeyer, oncology nurse and MammaCare BSE Instructor, has many roles at Blessing Breast Center, where she has worked for 38 years. Hermesmeyer is Blessing Hospital’s Breast Center Navigator, helping patients understand their diagnoses, addressing barriers to care, coordinating the monthly lymphedema screening clinic, and shepherding women through the often-complicated process of breast cancer diagnosis […]
Antique US Government policy resists safe, low-cost alternative for US women leaving them in a screening fog Summary: Informed woman are aware that the current official US recommendation against teaching women how to perform breast self exams is dated and senseless although it remains a strong influence over US health care policy and practices. Curiously, […]
Breast cancer found by trained hands of nurses equivalent to mammograms in a study of 89,000 Canadian women. Result disrupts current US beliefs For 25 years the breasts of 89,000 Canadian women were examined either by mammograms (x-ray) or by nurses trained to perform skilled clinical (manual) breast exams. Canadian women were randomly assigned to one […]
Originally published on 5 Oct. 2015 in The Hartford Courant by Deborah Percival. When it comes to detecting breast cancer, no test is 100 percent reliable. Mammograms miss approximately 16 percent of breast cancers, according to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Independent studies on the efficacy of thermography report that it misses roughly 10 percent […]
The epidemic of breast cancer became a death sentence for many women in Uganda according to a series of revealing reports. Epidemics expand in the absence of knowledge and training and Ugandan women desperately needed both. They needed a way to identify and report the signs of early breast cancer, a way that could be […]
When education and opportunity intersect, young people often take their skills to big cities where access to modern technology and amenities makes life easier. Not Stella Oluwabukola. Pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, Stella knew her calling was to bring her education back to the rural communities that needed her skills the […]
National Science Foundation grant establishes Clinical Breast Exam Competency Network April 7, 2015 – GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Breast exams are about to get better because the National Science Foundation awarded MammaCare a Phase llB project grant. The grant establishes a “Clinical Breast Exam Competency Network” (CBECN) to document the palpation skills of clinical students on […]
Early detection of breast cancer is in the hands of clinicians and women. In late 2013, the World Health Organization reported a sharp rise in breast cancer. The following excerpt is from the report: “In 2012, 1.7 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer…since 2008 estimates, breast cancer incidence has increased by more than 20%, […]
Polly Sacco Ezzell, BSN, RN, OCN offers gold-standard breast self-exam (BSE) instruction at Mercy Suburban Hospital’s Breast Center. Her program is the only one of its kind in the region, training women individually to perform the scientifically validated technique for BSE. Ezzell trains women in the MammaCare Method, which uses tactually accurate breast models to […]
Join MammaCare in recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October! Programs around the country are providing expanded screening and outreach services to women in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While most women are aware that screening is an important part of their health care routine, heightened coverage during the month of October serves as […]
B. D. Colen shares an exceptional narrative about discovering a breast lump and getting a mammogram on Huffington Post. I encourage you to read his article, and see if you agree with his conclusion. Frankly, I’d be willing to bet that if one man in nine developed breast cancer, the recommendation would be to do weekly breast […]
Women everywhere are confused by the conflicting messages they receive about breast self-examination (BSE). A few large private and public agencies vacillate in their recommendations. The media often add to the confusion by uncritically repeating official recommendations that seem to cast doubt on the value of BSE. Yet the fact remains that a large proportion of breast […]
Feeling a lump is the first symptom of breast cancer for many women but as explained below, breast tissue is naturally lumpy and most lumps are normal. The most common question asked is, “What does breast cancer feel like?” To answer that question, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) supported research and development of standards and […]