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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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Former P.E.I. resident wants breast density information given after mammograms.

September 11, 2018

Kathy Kaufield has notched another victory. The former Stratford, P.E.I., resident started a social media campaign, #TellMe, to press political leaders to provide women with information about their breast density after receiving mammograms.

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‘I’m dancing a happy dance’: Breast cancer survivor wins a political victory.

September 7, 2018

FREDERICTON — A breast cancer survivor and advocate had a sweet victory Friday: She saw the two leading parties adopt her cause as platform planks for the Sept. 24 New Brunswick election. “I’m dancing a happy dance,” Kathy Kaufield said after both the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives pledged Friday to ensure women are given information on their breast density following mammograms.

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Liberals, PCs promise to give women breast density information.

September 7, 2018

Studies show the denser the breast, the greater the chance of developing cancer. The Liberals and Progressive Conservatives are promising to give women potentially life-saving information in the form of an additional line about breast density on their mammogram reports.

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How one group’s fight for ‘just a line’ on a mammogram report could save lives.

September 1, 2018

Dense breast tissue can obscure cancer on a mammogram image. Kathy Kaufield was given the all-clear following her regular mammogram screening in June 2015. Six months later she discovered the lump. She found it on her own by chance in a Saint Andrews hotel in November of that year after forgetting to pack her shower puff. While cleaning by hand, she felt the growth.

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Breast density results must be shared with patients, say advocates.

December 19, 2017

The idea is to use the technology instead of relying on a radiologist’s eyes because, like cancer, dense breast tissue appears white in mammograms, making it difficult for radiologists to see. A woman with dense breasts also has more dense tissue than fatty, and that means her chances of getting cancer are higher.

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I Didn’t Know Dense Breasts Were A Major Cancer Risk. Then I Found A Lump.

December 7, 2017

It turns out that I am one of the nearly three million Canadian women over the age of 40 who have dense breasts. The letter did not tell me that. Nor did it tell me that because I have dense breasts, I have a higher chance of developing breast cancer and that it will be harder to detect on a mammogram. Mammograms miss more than 50 per cent of the cancers in the densest breasts.

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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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MSP will now cover the cost of screening ultrasound for women with dense breasts in BC if they have a doctor’s requisition.

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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What women need to know about breast density.

September 20, 2018

Mi-Jung Lee and Michelle Di Tomaso on what women need to know about breast density.

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Cancer survivor speaks out about breast density.

September 17, 2018

Nearly two weeks into the election campaign, the New Brunswick Liberals and PCs are zeroing in on women’s health. It’s an issue one breast cancer survivor has been trying to force into the forefront with a social media campaign. Morganne Campbell reports.

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Breast Density on Global Edmonton Health Matters

August 2, 2018

Trisha MacNeill talks to Su-Ling Goh about the risks of dense breasts.

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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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