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/nurse practitioner.

 

 

Categories C and D are considered dense breasts (also known as Heterogeneously Dense and Extremely Dense). Please click here
and visit our Get Informed page for more information.

#TellMe #DisMoi my breast density

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

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

Sign Our Density Notification Petition

To learn how you can find out your breast density CLICK HERE.

“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 directly to women is British Columbia. Some provinces do not even report breast density information to the family doctor/nurse practitioner. Even if the family doctor/nurse practitioner gets the density information, few 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.

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