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Health Dialog Makes Decision Aid Available for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Public Service Offering Encourages Patient Knowledge, Empowerment

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Health Dialog today announced it is empowering women to become more informed about their treatment options for breast cancer by making its patient decision aid, “Early Stage Breast Cancer: Choosing Your Surgery,” available to the general public in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As a public service offering for the third consecutive October, this initiative expands access to Health Dialog’s award-winning and nationally recognized tools, information, and resources on this condition.

According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 220,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 20121 and it is currently estimated that 1 out of 8 women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime2. This leaves hundreds of thousands of women searching for information as they make life-altering medical decisions.

Health Dialog’s early stage breast cancer decision aid helps guide patients through all stages of the decision making process, from explaining how to read a pathology report to illustrating what a patient can expect from different types of surgeries. Patient-friendly explanations of medical terms, comparisons of treatment choices, photos, videos, diagrams, and a printable booklet enable patients to become active engaged and informed as they make the medical decisions that are best for them.

“A breast cancer diagnosis can be emotional and unsettling for patients as well as their loved ones,” said Peter Goldbach, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Health Dialog. “The early stage breast cancer decision aid supports patients and families through the very personal decision-making process by providing them with tools and resources to help them understand their options and feel more confident when deciding what is best for them.”

As an additional resource for women and their families who are facing a diagnosis, Health Dialog’s HD Care Compass™ tool, which provides information and support after the decision to have a surgery or medical test has been made, contains information for surgical breast biopsy and needle breast biopsy procedures.

To view the Health Dialog decision aid on “Early Stage Breast Cancer: Choosing Your Surgery,” click here.

About Health Dialog:

Health Dialog Services Corporation is a leading provider of healthcare analytics and decision support. The firm is a private, wholly-owned subsidiary of Bupa, a global provider of healthcare services. Health Dialog helps healthcare payors improve healthcare quality while reducing overall costs. Company offerings include health coaching for medical decisions, chronic conditions, and wellness; population analytic solutions; and consulting services. Health Dialog helps individuals participate in their own healthcare decisions, develop more effective relationships with their physicians, and live healthier, happier lives. For more information, visit www.healthdialog.com.

1 http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/breast.html#incidence-mortality

2 http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics.jsp

Health Dialog
Kiran Ganda, 617-406-5239
kganda@healthdialog.com

Source: Health Dialog