Finding Out My Density

Have you had a screening mammogram? If so, please refer to the two charts below to find out 1. how density is reported in your province and 2. how you can access your density information.

Density is reported as one of four categories. Two of the categories are dense breasts. Dense breasts can be referred to in these ways:  above 50% dense tissue, OR  Category C or D OR “heterogeneously dense” or “extremely dense.”

 

 

PROVINCE

 

WHAT DENSITY INFORMATION IS IN YOUR FILE WITH THE CANCER AGENCY?

 

 

IS YOUR DENSITY INFORMATION REPORTED TO YOUR GP?

 

Automatic annual recall for women with 75% + density
British Columbia Category of density: A/ /B/ C/ D YES. Breast density category will also be sent to women in their mammogram results letter.
NO
Manitoba If your breast density is Under 75% or Over 75% NO NO
Nova Scotia Category of density: A/B/C/D
NO NO
Saskatchewan If your breast density is Under 75% or Over 75% NO Yes
Newfoundland If your breast density is Under 75% or Over 75% Only if density is over 75% Yes
Ontario If your breast density is Under 75% or Over 75% Only if density is over 75% Yes
NWT If your breast density is Under 75% or Over 75%
If your breast density, is Under 75%, or 75% or Over 75%
Yes
New Brunswick  If your density is Under 50% or Over 50% Yes
Depends on zone
PEI If your breast density is Under 75% or Over 75% Only if density is over 75% Yes
Alberta Category of Density A/B/C/D or percentage
Yes
No (but rads regularly recall annually).
Quebec Percentage of dense breast tissue in 4 categories
Yes. Density is described in every report as a percentage
No
Yukon If your breast density, is Under 75% or Over 75% If your breast density, is Under 75%, or 75% or Over 75% No

How To Access Your Breast Density Information

Province How can I find out my density?
British Columbia

 

If you have a mammogram after Oct. 15, 2018  you will be informed of your density in your mammogram results letter.  If your mammogram took place prior to Oct.15: You can find out your density easily. Mail or Fax “Access to Information form http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/screening/Documents/SMP_Form-SMPRequestForAccessToRecords.pdf  Under “Requested Info” write: “I want to know my breast density category.  You will get a prompt response.
Manitoba Your doctor is not told the breast density. You can submit the form below but it will only women with over 75% dense tissue can find out.  Please note: Dense breasts are considered 50% and above dense tissue, not just 75% and above. Therefore, about 50K women in Manitoba with dense breasts in the 50-75% category cannot find out their density. You can contact the screening program manager Kristin Bergen at kbergen3@cancercare.mb.ca if you would like to express your concern. The form to use to find out if your density is above 75% is https://www.cancercare.mb.ca/export/sites/default/Patient-Family/.galleries/files/your-information-files/CCMB_HIS_Request_to_Access_Personal_Health_Information_Feb14.pdf

 

Nova Scotia These are the steps you can ask of your family doctor:
On a breast screening requisition, the doctor writes: “Please review patient’s mammogram images and inform me of the patient’s density.” The doctor needs to fax the form to the central booking office at 902 473 3959. There is no fee.The request can be made for mammograms done in the past, as well as those being ordered now. If you would like to express your concern about the lack of information you can contact the program screening manager Trena.Metcalfe@iwk.nshealth.ca
Saskatchewan Family doctors are notified if the breast density is 75% and over. Women with dense breasts in the 50-75% category cannot find out if they have dense breasts because this information is not recorded.
Newfoundland/

Labrador

Access to your medical record can be obtained through completing a Consent for Release/Request of Personal Health Information form.  Write “I want to know my breast density, as marked by the radiologist who read my screening mammogram.” Mail or fax the form  http://www.easternhealth.ca/AboutEH.aspx?d=2&id=1408&p=55#2 Family doctors are notified if the breast density is 75% and over. Women with dense breasts in the 50-75% category cannot find out if they have dense breasts because this information is not recorded. If you woudl like to express your concern you can contact the screening program manager Gregory Doyle.

 

Ontario Family doctors and patients are notified if the breast density is over 75%. Women with dense breasts in the 50-75% category cannot usually find out if they have dense breasts because this information is not usually included. However, some radiologists in Ontario do describe the density category in words on the cover letter sent to the GP. Please ask you GP if there is a mention of the exact category of density. Women with over 75% density are informed by mail and asked to return in one year for a mammogram. If you would loke to express your concern about the lack of information for all women you can contact Cancer Care VP Linda Rabanek.

 

NWT Your mammogram report has a percentage of density. Ask your doctor what the report says. Your density is marked as under, equal or over 75% only. Women with dense breasts in the 50-74% category cannot find out if they have dense breasts because this information is not recorded.

 

New Brunswick Your mammogram report has a description of your density. Ask your doctor what the report says.  If the density information is not included, ask your doctor to request the information from the screening program or call the clinic where you had your mammogram and ask to speak to the radiologist about your density.

 

PEI Family doctors are notified if the breast density is 75% and over. Women with dense breasts in the 50-75% category cannot find out if they have dense breasts because this information is not recorded.Women with over 75% density are recalled annually. If you woudl like to voice your concern, please contact Linda MacMillan, Screening Program manager

 

Alberta Your mammogram report should have a description of your density. Ask your doctor what the report says. If the density information is not included, call the clinic that performed your mammogram and ask to speak to the radiologist about your density. There are many clinics in Alberta such as Mayfair, Canada Diagnostics, EFW, and MIC Medical Imaging that offer screening ultrasound to women in Category D and also to women in Category C with a family history, paid for by Alberta Health Services.

 

 

Quebec Your mammogram has a description of your density. It is mandatory in Quebec to record the density on the doctor’s report. Ask your doctor what the report says. The density information is on the third line of the report. Doctors in Quebec offer women with Category D density and a family history screening ultrasound.
Yukon Your mammogram report may have a description of your density. Ask your doctor what the report says. If the density information is not included, ask your doctor to request the information from the screening program. Your mammogram is assessed in Alberta.