Who We Are
Dense Breasts Canada (DBC) is a non-profit organization, founded in 2016. DBC is made up of breast cancer survivors, dedicated individuals and healthcare professionals committed to: raising awareness about the risks associated with dense breasts and advocating for optimal breast cancer screening.
OUR GOALS: AWARENESS AND ADVOCACY
To increase awareness among women and health care professionals of the risks associated with dense breasts and the importance of annual screening at 40.
To convince health authorities to report breast density to women and provide supplemental screening to women with dense breasts.
To convince the federal government to include breast cancer screening experts in creating breast screening guidelines for Canadian women.
WHY WE’RE SEEKING CHANGE
Over 3 million women in Canada, over age of 40, have dense breasts. DBC wants to educate women about the importance of knowing and understanding their breast density so they can be proactive in reducing their risk and can also have informed discussions with their healthcare providers.
Why breast density matters: Dense breasts pose two risks: 1. Women with dense breasts have a higher chance of developing breast cancer. 2. Dense tissue can mask cancer. Women with dense breasts can benefit from additional screening to decrease the number of missed or delayed cancer diagnoses.
Why optimal screening matters: Early detection of breast cancer provides the best chance for survival. Five year survival at Stage 1 is 99.8 percent and at Stage 4 it is 23%. Early detection also can mean a better chance to avoid chemotherapy, mastectomy and axillary dissection. Optimal screening includes annual screening starting at age 40 and continuing past age 74 and additional screening for women with dense breasts.