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OPINION: More women will die if new breast screening recommendations adopted

December 18, 2018

If a Canadian wide-body jet crashed due to maintenance problems, killing all 400 people onboard, it would viewed as a national disaster and would occupy the news for weeks. If this happened each year it would be seen as an epidemic.

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Why Do Canada’s New Breast Cancer Guidelines Advise Against Life-Saving Screenings?

December 12, 2018

Canadian women should be outraged. The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health (CTF) released its latest guidelines for screening for breast cancer for women at average risk.

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Something may be missing in the new breast cancer screening guideline.

December 11, 2018

This year, more than 26,000 women in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 5,000 will die of it. A new guideline published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal are meant to save lives through early detection. But critics have their doubts.

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OPINION: More women will die if new breast Canada’s new breast screening guidelines will cause unnecessary deaths. recommendations adopted.

December 10, 2018

Canada’s new breast screening guidelines will cause unnecessary deaths and harm and should be ignored by women and their family physicians, say two of this country’s leading breast screening experts.

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MSP breast density announcement raises concerns.

September 24, 2018

Health minister Adrian Dix’s announcement that B.C. will be the first province to notify women if they have dense breasts after screening mammograms, and may therefore be at higher risk of cancer, has led to some concerns and confusion about how the information should be used.

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We need to talk about dense breasts: Why governments are taking notice.

September 23, 2018

When Ann Hill was told she had breast cancer, she was floored. Six months earlier, she had a clear mammogram and the diagnosis seemingly came out of nowhere. But that’s when a doctor told her having dense breasts makes a tumour hard to see, and that her cancer has been there for a while.

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Women in B.C. to have access to breast density info when screened for cancer.

September 22, 2018

Dense breasts make it harder to spot cancer in mammograms — but not all affected women know they’re at risk. In 2014, Michelle Di Tomaso was in her doctor’s office after work when she heard the words she’ll never forget. “She just turned to me and said, ‘You have breast cancer,’” Di Tomaso recalled.

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B.C. women will be first in Canada to get breast density information after mammograms.

September 21, 2018

B.C. is becoming the first province in Canada to provide information about breast density to women and their doctors after their mammogram screening tests. Health officials will begin providing women with the information beginning mid-October.

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Health PEI should tell women if they have dense breasts, says advocacy group.

September 19, 2018

An advocacy group called Dense Breasts Canada says Health PEI should be telling Island women about their breast density. In a mammogram, cancer can be harder to see in women with dense breasts. While fatty tissue appears as dark grey in a mammogram, dense tissue shows up as mostly white — just like cancers.

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Women’s Experience with the Health Care System

November 15, 2019

We’re Learning about women’s experience with the health care system with BC Women’s.

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Nova Scotia first province to include breast density results in all mammograms

October 30, 2019

Nova Scotia has become the first province in Canada to automatically assess breast density. As Elizabeth McSheffrey tells us, high breast density may increase the risk that cancer won’t be detected on a mammogram – making it an important risk factor to identify early.

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The Breast Screening Debate

October 18, 2019

The Agenda discusses controversy around the effectiveness of mammograms.

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Petition seeks to change breast cancer screening

March 25, 2019

A doctor with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre says that women should have a mammogram once a year.

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Concerns raised over new breast cancer screening guidelines.

February 11, 2019

Questions are being raised about whether new breast cancer screening guidelines – recommending that women under the age of 49 not be screened — are putting women at risk. As Heather Yourex-West explains, one cancer survivor diagnosed at 35 is asking why more women like her aren’t being offered routine screens.

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One women’s fight

January 17, 2019

Breast cancer experts say the lives of hundreds of Canadian women are at risk each year if Canada adopts new screening guidelines.

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Trish Macneill and Dr. Paula Gordon speak about the Issues in Manitoba with regards to breast density.

January 17, 2019

It can be a more significant risk factor than family history, when it comes to breast cancer. Yet many women are never told about their own breast density. Xiaoli Li speaks with a survivor about what she wishes she knew.

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B.C. women to have access to breast density info

September 21, 2018

The province announced all women getting mammograms will be told if they have dense breast tissue, something that can put them at greater risk of cancer.

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B.C. women will be first in Canada to get breast density information after mammograms

September 21, 2018

Beginning in October, B.C. will be the the first province in Canada to provide information about breast density to women and their doctors after their mammogram screening tests.

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Stories that made a difference

June 13, 2019

As the regular season draws to a close, White Coat, Black Art looks back at and updates some of the programs that “made a difference” — by sparking change and shedding light on under-reported issues.

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Dr. Paula Gordon speaks with Stephen Quinn on CBC’s Early Edition.

January 11, 2019

New breast cancer screening recommendations do more harm than good, argues UBC clinical professor.

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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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