Breast and Cervical Cancer Quality Improvement Program

It is estimated that in 2015, approximately 12,900 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed and 4,100 women will die of the disease (American Cancer Society, 2015). In this same year, it is estimated that there will be 231,840 new cases of breast cancer and an estimated 40,290 deaths from the disease (National Cancer Institute, 2015b).

Fortunately, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will increase access to screening for cervical and breast cancers, especially for underserved and low income women (CDC, 2013). As the United States struggles to bring healthcare costs under control, it is important for physicians to know and incorporate into practice, the latest guidelines regarding screening for cervical and breast cancers.

The purpose of this project is to assist physicians and their practice teams improve the care women receive related to prevention and early detection of breast and cervical cancer. This breast and cervical cancer quality improvement module aligns with U.S. Preventive Services Fask force guidelines.

For additional guideline information, please visit the Clinical Introduction and References page.

Learning Objectives

Participants in this module will:

  1. Describe the importance of practice team engagement on improving cancer prevention and screening rates among female patients.
  2. Determine the gaps in the breast and cervical screening that is currently being provided to female patients.
  3. Implement interventions in practice to ensure appropriate breast and cervical screening in female patients.
  4. Identify strategies to discuss appropriate cancer screenings with their female patients.
  5. Demonstrate improvement in preventative care in female patients as a result of systems changes identified through quality improvement initiatives.


  • Ryan Kauffman, MD, (Project Champion)
  • Kenneth Bertka, MD
  • Heidi Gullett, MD, MPH
  • Theresa Barrett, PhD, CMP, CAE
  • Douglas Harley, DO
  • Gary LeRoy, MD


  • Alexandria Howard, MD
  • Erin Jech
  • Mary Krebs, MD
  • Kate Mahler, CAE
  • Terry Wagner, DO
  • Cynthia Weinstein, MD
  • Steve Zitelli, MD

Faculty Disclosure

The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) adheres to the conflict of interest policy of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) as well as to the guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Medical Association (AMA). Current guidelines state that participants in continuing medical education (CME) activities should be made aware of any affiliation or financial interest that may affect a faculty member’s participation in the activity.

The members of this expert panel have completed conflict of interest statements. Disclosures do not suggest bias but provide readers with information relevant to the evaluation of the contents of these recommendations.


This module was supported by Grant Number 5U58DP003936 funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.

System Requirements

Hardware/Software requirements include · Windows 7+ - Internet Explorer 9.0+ · OS X 10.7+ · Safari, Google Chrome 42.0.0+ · Broadband connection (DSL/cable) recommended.