Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

MS in Physician Assistant Studies (PA)


Physician Assistant Studies

First Advisor

Jenny Kluznik


Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. Mammography screening has shown improvement in early detection leading to early treatment of breast cancer and thus reducing morbidity and mortality rates related to breast cancer. However, the contradictory guidelines put forth by the American Cancer Society, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and United States Preventive Services Task Force have posed a compelling problem in the health care system, especially for primary care providers: What guideline recommendation should be followed? Review of the three sets of guidelines, including the systematic reviews from which they were formed, and outside studies were reviewed for further information on the benefits and harms of screening mammography. The research results of the three guidelines were inconsistent; one set of guidelines did not present stronger evidence than another. With the mindset of individualized patient care, a patient education brochure was developed as a process to educate patients and have them take an active role in their health through engaging in the interactive tool and with their primary care provider, strengthening overall patient-primary care provider relationships.