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Ultrasound not included in regular screenings for Islanders with high breast density

May 5, 2022

Officials with Health P.E.I. say ultrasounds are not currently being used within the provincial breast screening program, and they won’t be anytime soon. In 2019, Premier Dennis King’s government promised to begin notifying all Islanders who have a mammogram of their breast density. It also promised to look into the potential of adding ultrasound screening for those with the highest breast density.

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Rosilene Kraft has Stage 4 breast cancer

February 11, 2022

She was discouraged from getting a mammogram in her 40s because her doctor followed dangerous Canadian breast screening guidelines. Listen

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A new website helps navigate the maze of provincial and national breast cancer screening guidelines

October 8, 2021

IN2018, 47-year-old Adriana Ermter found a lump in her armpit. Her doctor referred her for a mammogram, but the clinic said it was likely just a calcium deposit. After months of requests for additional screening, the Toronto resident received a second mammogram and an MRI. This time, the clinic found cancer. “If I hadn’t advocated for myself, under the guidelines I wouldn’t have had regular mammograms until I was 50,” Ermter says. “Who knows what stage of breast cancer I would have progressed to?”

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Are Your Boobs Your Best Friends? Seriously? Are They?

October 1, 2021

You may call your boobs your breasties, but are they really? Are you feeling up your best friends and your armpits on the first of every month the same way you’d check a cantaloupe or melon for its ripeness at the grocery store? You know, to make sure you don’t have a lump, swelling, redness, soreness, thickening, irritation or dimpling of the skin, or redness, flaky skin, pulling or pain in the nipple area that could potentially be breast cancer. Better yet, do you know how to properly screen for breast cancer? You should, you need to. It’s your right.

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Why Examining Your Breasts Is So Important

September 30, 2021

Best Health Magazine Dr. Paula Gordon speaks to Rebecca Gow Along with routine screenings, frequent at-home examinations are the key to knowing your norm and catching any concerning changes.

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New Brunswick mammogram reports will now include breast density information

November 6, 2020

New Brunswick is the latest province to mandate that women be told their breast density following a mammogram, but experts say the welcome move falls short of a broader breast cancer strategy they’d like to see extended coast-to-coast.

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Dense breasts: an organization deplores that Quebec does not directly inform women

February 28, 2020

An organization deplores that the Quebec government does not directly disclose to women important information for their health: do they have dense breasts or not? Deprived of this information, Quebec women cannot take measures to detect breast cancer in time, he believes.

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Breast density and breast cancer: Inform women directly of their density

February 19, 2020

Breast cancer survivors are putting pressure on the Quebec government to ensure that women are directly informed of their breast density in their mammography report and of the risks associated with dense breasts.

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And if your mammography does not decent your cancer

November 25, 2019

What if you had a mammogram and the results did not show your cancer? That’s what happened to Annie Slight, a woman who was diagnosed at age 42 with a late diagnosis of stage 2, grade 3 breast cancer that was not detected during her routine mammogram. She told me her story and now wants to educate women about this little known factor that made all the difference for her: breast density.

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TV Spots

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Patient Colleen Packer speaks to CTV Calgary about being denied a mammogram in her 40s

April 11, 2022

Early screening: Cancer patients call on province to pave way for early breast cancer screening

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DBC’s Director of Advocacy and Education, Quebec,

February 21, 2022

Annie Slight speaks to CTV Montreal about breast density and how information is not directly shared with the women of Quebec about an important breast cancer risk

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Early Detection of Breast Cancer Saves Lives

October 15, 2021

CTV Morning Live Vancouver with Dr. Paula Gordon

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‘Outdated’ breast cancer screening guidelines failing Canadian women: report

October 3, 2021

Global News National: Drs. Seely and Gordon video and interview with Saba Aziz. Patient advocates Annie Slight and Nicola St. George.

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Tissue density a factor with breast cancer

October 1, 2021

CTV Toronto: Jennie Dale, Dr. Martin Yaffe, Rosie White speak to Pauline Chan

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Breast density information now included in mammogram reports in New Brunswick

November 5, 2020

The province of New Brunswick announced Wednesday that a new provincewide initiative ensures that breast density results are going to be included in mammography reports and in the letters sent to women following routine screening.

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Dense breast tissue can lead to challenges in detecting breast cancer

October 24, 2020

LONDON, ONT. — Shock is what 75-year-old Barbara Moscovich felt when doctors told her she had not one, but two cancerous tumours in her breast. “I’ve been fortunate to not have had any diseases or ever being in the hospital so I would be considered healthy for my age so for this to happen it seemed totally unreal.”

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Canadian imaging experts say changes are needed to guidelines for breast cancer screening

October 20, 2020

The leading Canadian experts in medical imaging say changes to Canada’s breast cancer screening guidelines would save the lives of hundreds of young women every year. Linda Aylesworth explains.

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Patients seen more information on breast density

February 10, 2020

A health advocacy group accusing Quebec of withholding potentially lifesaving information about breast density density from women.

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Radio Interviews

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Saskatchewan breast cancer survivor shares how her breast cancer went undetected due to breast density.

October 1, 2018

Gayle Woloshyn had annual mammograms for 15 years, and yet her breast cancer went undetected. It’s all because she wasn’t told she has dense breasts. In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Gayle joins us now on the line to tell us how she hopes to see things change.

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What you need to know about dense breasts.

September 20, 2018

Kelly talks to Michelle Di Tomaso, co-founder of Dense Breasts Canada.

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Dense breasts and cancer detection White Coat Black Art.

September 15, 2018

Cinda Lambert on discovering that her dense breasts made cancer detection difficult on mammograms.

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Dr. Brian Goldman Hosts “White Coat, Black Art”.

September 15, 2018

Her dense breast tissue hid cancer for years. Now she’s warning others. Fibrous breast tissue can obscure or camouflage cancer in mammograms.In 2014, Michelle Di Tomaso was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. It came as a shock to her because she had undergone four clear mammograms.

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Telling women they have dense breasts could save lives, says cancer survivor.

September 12, 2018

Telling women they have dense breasts could save lives, says cancer survivor. Most women aren’t routinely informed if they have dense breasts, but the condition can mean cancers are less likely to show up on mammograms. Kathy Kaufield, a cancer survivor and advocate, wants doctors to be mandated to tell women.

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CBC Host Rachel Cave speaks with Kathy Kaufield.

August 31, 2018

Two years ago, Kathy Kaufield stood in the oncology department of the Saint John Regional Hospital, after completing months of chemotherapy as part of her treatment for breast cancer. She later learned that she has dense breasts, tissue that can obscure a mammogram image. She also learned the denser the breast, the higher the chance of developing cancer.

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