Dense breasts make it harder to see cancer

Dense breasts make it harder for radiologists viewing your mammogram to spot cancer because dense breast tissue shows up as white and so does a cancerous tumour.

Mammograms are a highly effective tool for women with fatty breasts, but mammograms alone are not enough for women with dense breast tissue. If you have dense breasts, you may want to discuss additional screening, such as ultrasound with your doctor.

 

 

Categories C and D are considered dense breasts (also known as Heterogeneously Dense and Extremely Dense). Please click here
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#TellMe #DisMoi my breast density

Most Canadian women don’t know if they have dense breasts because they haven’t been told!

Some screening programs do not report breast density information to the family doctor.

Even if family doctors receive breast density information, not all doctors relay the information to the patient. Most women are kept in the dark about their density. Province by province, Dense Breasts Canada is advocating for density notification. All women have a right to know their breast density and make informed healthcare decisions.

“A woman’s postal code should not determine whether breast cancer is found early.”

Most  Canadian women don’t know if they have dense breasts because they haven’t been told!

The only province with breast density notification in Canada is British Columbia. Some provinces like MB and NS do not even report breast density information to the family doctor.

In the other provinces, even if the family doctor gets the density information, few doctors tell their patients if they have dense breasts.

Province by province, Dense Breasts Canada is advocating for density notification.

All the government needs to do is add a line that includes the breast density and associated risks in the mammogram results letter mailed to women. Please visit our advocate page and see how you can help make that happen.

Dr. Paula Gordon:
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