Dissemination & Diffusion Activities
Two important objectives of the BCSC are to enhance the current understanding of breast
cancer screening practices and to help improve the practice of community-based mammography
screening. Both objectives are aimed at achieving the ultimate goal of reducing breast
To pursue these objectives, the participating sites disseminate the results of their
research and actively collaborate with screening practices in their communities and other
groups interested in and affected by breast cancer screening.
Disseminating BCSC Information and Findings
- Since the consortium's inception, BCSC sites have
published over 500 papers across a
wide variety of scientific journals, including Journal of the American Medical Association
(JAMA), Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers Prevention, Journal of the National Cancer
Institute (JNCI), and Radiology. These papers have covered an array of scientific topics
including investigating characteristics of women, facilities, radiologists, and equipment
that affect performance of screening mammography; biological characteristics of
breast tumors that determine whether they can be detected by screening mammography; development of
innovative statistical methods; and differences in screening rates among racial/ethnic
- Several BCSC sites also communicate research results to medical professionals and
non-professional audiences through designated Web sites and site newsletters.
Working with Communities and Local Radiologists
- BCSC sites provide reports to participating facilities that include information on
volume of mammograms read, true positives, false positives, and other data. Radiologists
use this information for quality improvement and in their Mammography Quality Standards
Act (MQSA) compliance activities.
- Sites present the latest findings from BCSC research at local meetings. These
meetings are held for a variety of groups, including radiologists, academicians, health
professionals, hospitals, and the general public.
- Several sites have advisory committees that bring radiologists, technologists,
pathologists, women with breast cancer, and representatives of other research efforts in
the area together to advise the project, receive progress reports, review current
research, and discuss issues related to breast health and breast cancer screening.
Enhancing Information Technology Systems
- The BCSC sites work with local mammography facilities to provide and/or enhance
systems for collecting and managing community-based mammography data. Several sites also
provide data linkages to other data sources, such as
Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End
Results (SEER) and pathology data sources.
Working with Federal and State Partners to Translate Research into Action
Enhancing Care Delivery
- The BCSC has worked collaboratively with the
American College of Radiology (ACR) to
develop common data forms that collect patient and radiology information. This
collaboration has resulted in improvements in the quality of mammography data collected and
has improved the quality of data within the BCSC.