HOW YOU CAN ADVOCATE
ADVOCATE FOR YOURSELF
SPEAK TO YOUR DOCTOR/NURSE PRACTITIONER
Your doctor/nurse practitioner may not be up-to-date on the risks of dense breasts. You know that women with dense breasts face a higher risk of cancer and that mammograms can fail to detect cancer because both dense tissue and cancer appear white.
We outline in detail what to discuss with your doctor on our Get Informed page under “What to do if you have dense breasts.”
You can download our brochure to take with to your doctor’s/nurse practitioner’s office. Download here.
Refer your doctor/nurse practitioner to the Health Professionals tab on medically-sourced website http://densebreast-info.org/
Take this excellent checklist from DenseBreast-info.org to your next visit and discuss your risks: https://densebreast info.org/img/risk_checklist_english.pdf
SPREAD THE WORD
TELL OTHER WOMEN
Ask friends, family and colleagues if they have heard about breast density. If not, tell them why it’s important. Encourage women to find out their density. Details by province can be found at http://www.densebreastscanada.ca/density-reporting/
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DEMAND BETTER OF OUR POLITICIANS
SEND THIS LETTER TO YOUR MLA/MPP AND YOUR MINISTER OF HEALTH. SEE BELOW FOR MINISTERS’ EMAIL ADDRESSES.
UPDATE: BC has announced it will notify women of their breast density effective Oct 15, 2018
To download a sample letter to MB politicians click here
To download a sample letter to ON, SK, NL, NWT, YT politicians click here
To download a sample letter to NS politicians click here
To download a sample letter to NB, AB, PEI politicians click here