Who We Are

Dense Breasts Canada (DBC) is a non-profit organization, founded in 2016. DBC is made up of dedicated individuals, with and without breast cancer, and healthcare professionals. All are committed to raising awareness and advocating for optimal breast cancer screening. 


To increase awareness among the public and health care professionals of the risks associated with dense breasts and the importance of screening, starting at age 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 revise current breast screening guidelines and reform the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care.


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.

Our People

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Michelle Di Tomaso
Marlie Oden
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Meet Our Advocates

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Rosiline Kraft | British Columbia

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Michelle Di Tomaso | British Columbia 

Sara Towgood Profile

Sara Towgood | British Columbia

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Natalie Kwadrans | Alberta

Slide 7 Libby Wilson, AB

Libby Wilson | Alberta


In Memory Sharon Olson | Saskatchewan

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Carole Rucks | Saskatchewan

Slide 6 Debbie Kerr

Debbie Kerr | Ontario

SLIDE 5 Amanda Theyers

Amanda Theyers | Ontario

SLide 6 Rosie White

Rosie White | Ontario

Ann Hill 2

Ann Hill | Ontario

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Jennie Dale 2

Jennie Dale | Ontario

Leda Raptis 2

Leda Raptis | Ontario


Naomi Pickersgill | Ontario

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Andrea Douglas

Andrea Douglas | Ontario

Annie Slight 2

Annie Slight | Quebec

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Barbara Moscovich

Barbara Moscovich | Ontario

Diane Wilson

Diane Wilson | Ontario

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Pam Hall | Prince Edward Island


Kathy Kaufield
New Brunswick | Prince Edward Island

Gaynor Hart

Gaynor Hart | Nova Scotia


Anne Zakem | Prince Edward Island

Honourary Patron