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 breast density notification and 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.
To convince health authorities to report breast density to women and their healthcare provider.
To convince health authorities to provide ultrasounds to women in Category D (Extremely Dense Breasts) and to women in Category C with a family history (Heterogeneously Dense).
WHY WE’RE SEEKING CHANGE
Most women do not know their breast density. Over 3 million women in Canada, over age of 40, have dense breasts. DBC wants to educate women about the importance of knowing their breast density and the implications of having dense breasts.
Why breast density matters:
Dense breasts pose two risks.
1. Women with dense breasts have a higher chance of developing breast cancer. Studies show that having dense breasts is an even more prevalent risk factor than having a family history of breast cancer. 2. Dense tissue can mask cancer. Women with dense breasts can benefit from additional screening. The use of ultrasound, in addition to mammography, can decrease the number of missed or delayed cancer diagnoses.
By providing women with information about their breast density, they can be proactive in reducing their risk and can also have informed discussions with their healthcare providers.