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Advocate for yourself.

Your healthcare provider may not be up-to-date on the risks of dense breasts.

However, 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 the section “What If I Have Dense Breasts?”

You can download our brochuredownload our brochure to take with to your healthcare practitioner’s office.

You can refer your doctor/nurse practitioner to the Health Professionals tab on densebreast-info.org

You can take this excellent checklist to your next visit and discuss your risks.

Print and take to your doctor these recommendations from Canada's breast cancer screening experts at the Canadian Association of Radiologists and the Canadian Society of Breast Imaging https://csbi.ca/

Current breast screening recommendations for average risk women from the Canadian Association of Radiologists and Canadian Society of Breast Imaging are summarized as follows:

1. Women aged 40-49 should screen ANNUALLY with mammography

2. Women aged 50-74 should screen every one to two years with mammography

3. Women OVER aged 74 should screen every one to two years with mammography for as long as they are in good general health with life expectancy of approximately 7 years or greater

4. Below age 40 screening is not recommended for average risk women, but risk should be assessed by age 25-30 in order to determine if early screening is appropriate.

 

Advocate for yourself
Spread the word

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 HERE.

Share your story on our website.
If your cancer diagnosis was delayed because you have dense breasts, please share your story. Stories are empowering and impactful for others.

Please email us: info@densebreastscanada.ca OR upload your story on our page: STORIES.

Join our team.
We are looking for members from every province to help us raise awareness and advocate for density notification. There is much to be done.  Click here  to email us for more information and please also visit our CONTACT page for examples of volunteer roles.

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Demand action.

Send this letter to your MLA/MPP and your Minister of Health. See below for Ministers’ email addresses.

Please Sign our Petition
 
Watch Dr. Paula Gordon: Breast Density Reporting in Canada

Minister of Health Contact Information

British Columbia: The Honourable HLTH.Minister@gov.bc.ca
HLTH.Minister@gov.bc.ca

Alberta: The Honourable Tyler Shandro
Health.minister@gov.ab.ca

Saskatchewan: The Honourable Jim Reiter
He.minister@gov.sk.ca

Manitoba: The Honourable Cameron Friesen
minhsal@leg.gov.mb.ca

Ontario: The Honourable Christine Elliott
Christine.elliott@pc.ola.org

Québec: The Honourable Danielle McCann
ministre.responsable@msss.gouv.qc.ca

Nova Scotia: The Honourable Randy Delorey
Health.minister@novascotia.ca

New Brunswick: The Honourable Hugh Flemming

hugh.flemming@gnb.ca

Prince Edward Island: The Honourable James Aylward

MinisterHW@gov.pe.ca

Newfoundland: The Honorable John Haggie

hcsminister@gov.nl.ca

FEDERAL HEALTH MINISTER:
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas-Taylor
Ginette.petitpastaylor@parl.gc.ca

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