Risk Aware by Ikonopedia: Tyrer-Cuzick Risk Assessment for Radiology Practices
“More than 10 million Americans are living with cancer, and they demonstrate the ever-increasing possibility of living beyond cancer.” Sheryl Crow, musician and breast cancer survivor
It is widely known that breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed malignancy in U.S. women, and the second most common cause of cancer death among women worldwide. With this knowledge, greater risk testing must be done and tools like the Tyrer-Cuzick efficiently identify potential risks.
Offering Patient Risk Assessments.
The Tyrer-Cuzick model is the most widely accepted risk assessment tool that measures a woman’s probability of developing breast cancer in her lifetime.
The Tyrer-Cuzick model incorporates family history, endogenous hormonal factors, benign disease, risk factors such as age and body mass index, and genetic factors (including BRCA) into a single statistical model. The tool can inform a person’s decision-making about genetic counseling and breast cancer screening and enable physicians to select most appropriate care pathways.
We believe breast health risk assessment should be available to all women as an essential patient education and empowerment tool. Providing proactive risk assessments encourages good practice outcomes by supporting the need for more MRI exams or other screening tools. The Tyrer-Cuzick model has been shown in independent studies to be the most consistently accurate risk model.
To live beyond cancer requires knowing an individual’s personal risk. The Tyrer-Cuzick model is designed to give women insight into their risk level and highlight whether they should schedule an MRI, obtain genetic counseling, genetic testing or even early mammograms, etc. Access to this risk information enhances a patient’s ability to live beyond cancer. It empowers radiology practices to offer essential services to identify potential breast cancer as early as possible.
“The latest scientific evidence continues to point to earlier assessment as well as augmented and earlier-than-age-40 screening of many women—particularly Black women and other minority women.” Debra Monticciolo, MD, primary author of the new guidelines and chief of breast imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital (as stated in Radiology Business, May 3, 2023)
What a Radiology Practice Can (and Should) Do.
Any radiology department, practice, or group can now offer the Tyrer-Cuzick risk assessment to their patients. Ikonopedia took the added step to license the Tyrer-Cuzick risk assessment and develop an easy to implement web-based version available to any healthcare practice or department, enabling more patients to assess their breast cancer risk and then take proactive steps to ensure they are in alternative care pathways. The result is Risk Aware by Ikonopedia.
Just as Ikonopedia is dedicated to saving women’s lives, we know every health center/practice and radiology group has the same objective. Giving your patients the ability to take the Tyrer-Cuzick risk assessment within your patient portal or onsite provides an added service to catch breast cancer as early as possible.
For a reasonable cost, radiology practices can increase the number of people who self-assess, and each practice can then offer the follow-up care and MRI an individual at risk may need.
Get Risk Aware by Ikonopedia.
Let’s discuss how you can offer your patients the Tyrer-Cuzick risk assessment tool and better identify at-risk patients who qualify for an MRI exam or other care pathways.