Our Advocates and Volunteers

Dense Breasts Canada (DBC) is a non-profit organization, founded in 2016. DBC is made up of dedicated individuals and healthcare professionals who are committed to raising awareness and advocating for optimal breast cancer screening. 

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Our Goals: Awareness and Advocacy

To increase awareness among the public and healthcare professionals of the risks associated with dense breasts and the importance of screening, starting at age 40 and continuing past 74.

To convince provincial screening programs to provide supplemental screening to women with dense breasts.

To convince the federal government to revise dangerous breast screening guidelines and reform the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care.

Why we are seeking change.

Why optimal breast screening matters: With 30,000 women diagnosed every year in Canada with breast cancer and 5500 deaths, we must do better. We can do better to ensure all Canadians have the best chance to find cancer early. The status quo has to go.

Early detection of breast cancer saves lives and improves quality of life. Five year survival when diagnosed at Stage 1 is 99.8 percent, but at Stage 4 it is 23%. Early detection also can mean a better chance to avoid chemotherapy, mastectomy and axillary dissection. Canadians need optimal breast cancer screening: annual screening from age 40-49; screening every 1-2 years from age 50 and past 74, as long as a woman is in good health; and additional screening for women with dense breasts.

L'importance de la densité mammaire :

Plus de 3 millions de femmes au Canada, âgées de plus de 40 ans, ont des seins denses. DBC souhaite sensibiliser les femmes à l'importance de connaître et de comprendre la densité de leurs seins afin qu'elles puissent être proactives dans la réduction de leur risque et qu'elles puissent également avoir des discussions informées avec leurs fournisseurs de soins de santé.


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