2022 AMI Online Salon

Learning About Breast Cancer Surgery

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Erin Martin (Frederikson)
  • Client: Healthwise
  • Copyright: Healthwise, 2022
  • Medium/software used: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign
  • Final presentation format: Print and Digital
  • Primary Audience: Patient Education

Project Description

Breast cancer is the second most diagnosed cancer in the United States. Many patients with breast cancer have some type of surgery as part of their treatment. Using this aid, patients can learn about the types of surgeries and how the incisions differ for breast cancer treatment. Patients then can participate in shared decision-making with their clinician about their surgery, understand the purpose of their surgery, and visualize their own experience with this treatment before it takes place. Currently, 95% of new breast cancer cases occur in women aged 40 years or older. These illustrations represent this population, utilizing a common body type and body mass index (BMI) for this demographic. Variation in BMI and body type was intentionally limited to help patients avoid associating certain types of surgeries with specific weights, body types, or breast sizes. Racial and skin tone diversity is also depicted to represent a variety of patients using this resource. It was made for both print and digital viewing.Text contrast ratios meet WCAG recommendations. Illustrations and labels print legibly in color and grayscale. These choices accommodate users with low vision and a variety of clinic facilities. As this is a resource for patients, the text is written at a 7th grade reading level. This aid also aims to be gender and identity-inclusive using second-person pronouns and intentionally avoiding assigning gender to the audience.