Breast Cancer: Your Decision Notebook® Named Finalist For Freddie Award for Women’s Health

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HealthMark Multimedia named finalist for a 2004 FREDDIE Award in the Women�s Health category for Breast Cancer: Your Decision Notebook®. The interactive CD-ROM focuses on the difficult treatment decisions faced by breast cancer patients. The selection of finalists is based on product excellence and creativity. The FREDDIE Awards, also known as the International Health and Medical Media Awards, is the preeminent competition for health and medical audiovisuals.

Breast Cancer: Your Decision Notebook® is designed to help newly diagnosed breast cancer patients understand their diagnosis, communicate more effectively with their doctors and participate in the treatment decision-making process. Its development was funded with a grant from the National Cancer Institute’s Small Business Innovation Research Program.

One in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. It is the most common type of cancer among women and is one of the leading cause of death among women. During the year after diagnosis, women face from 1 to 4 or more crucial decisions regarding their treatment. With more than 6 hours of information, this CD-ROM includes expert-reviewed medical content, patient input, extensive graphics and narration, candid patient and partner interviews, interactive tools and personal decision-making aids and more. The CD is currently undergoing field evaluation to determine how it aids women as they make treatment decisions.

The FREDDIE Awards competition was started in 1974 as the John Muir Medical Film Festival and is now in its 30th year. The competition’s goal is to encourage and celebrate medical and health media excellence and includes feature-length films, documentaries, series, shorts, videos, Web sites and CD-ROMs from all over the world. FREDDIE Awards are given in 35 categories, including Prevention, Basic and Clinical Science, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Caregiving, Community Health, Fitness and Wellness, Health Education, Infectious Diseases and Oncology. Entries are rated on five areas: content, education, production quality, originality and communication. Medical and production professionals throughout the country perform the judging.

HealthMark Multimedia, LLC, a woman-owned business founded in April 1998, uses a combination of graphics, audio, video and text to develop interactive, user-friendly software and Web sites for patients to make treatment and self-care decisions, health care professionals for continuing education and parents and children to learn about prevention and staying healthy. The company uses a unique network of medical experts, patients and family members to review product information so that it is accurate, relevant and useful. HealthMark Multimedia also develops customized multimedia projects for companies and other organizations needing specialized health communications.

Breast Cancer: Your Decision Notebook® may be ordered for $19.95 for an individual copies plus shipping and handling by going to or by calling toll-free 1-877-722-2255. Multi-copy pricing and multi-user versions, and institutional licensing and branding option are also available. For further information about the company or its products, contact HealthMark Multimedia: 1228 L Street NW, #250, Washington, DC 20036; Telephone: 202-265-0033; Fax: 202-448-6188. HealthMark Multimedia's home page can be found at

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