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?

 

 

IS YOUR DENSITY INFORMATION REPORTED TO YOUR GP?

 

Are women with 75% + dense tissue  asked to return in one year?  
British Columbia Category of density: A/ /B/ C/ D NO 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% Only if density is over 75% density. Yes
Newfoundland If your breast density is Under 75% or over 75% Only if density is over 75% density. Yes
Ontario If your breast density, is Under 75%, or 75% or Over 75% Sometimes
Yes
NWT If your breast density, is Under 75%, or 75% or Over 75% If your breast density, is Under 75%, or 75% or Over 75%
Yes
New Brunswick Zone 1, 2, 5: If your density is Under 50% or Over 50%. Zone 1,2:  Yes. Density is described in words under impressions/comments. Zone 5: GP told if density is under or over 50%
Depends on zone
PEI Percentage of dense breast tissue Yes. Density is described using a percentage Yes
Alberta Category of Density A/B/C/D or percentage
Usually. Density may also be reported in words
No
Quebec Percentage of dense breast tissue
Yes. Density is described in every report as a percentage
No
Yukon If your breast density, is Under 75%, or 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

 

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 Mail or Fax: Request to Release Personal Health Information https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/phia/docs/consent.pdf

Under section: “Specific information to be disclosed”, write: “I want to know my breast density category, as marked by the radiologist who read my screening mammogram.”Please note: you will learn if have Under or Over 75% density. While this is important information, it should be noted that dense breasts are considered 50% and above dense tissue, not just 75% and above.

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.
Saskatchewan Family doctors and patients 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.

 

Ontario 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 send a request for the information to the screening program or call the clinic where you had your mammogram and ask to speak to the radiologist about your density.

 

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 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 or call the clinic where you had your mammogram and ask to speak to the radiologist about your density.

 

PEI 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 or call the clinic where you had your mammogram and ask to speak to the radiologist about your density.

 

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.

 

 

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.
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.