EARLY DETECTION MATTERS
Dense breasts are normal and common. 40% of women over age 40 have dense breasts.
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.
“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!
Screening programs in BC, MB, and NS do not report breast density information to the family doctor.
In the other provinces, even if the family doctor receives the breast density information in the mammogram report, 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.