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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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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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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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Great news for women in Nova Scotia: Breast Density Notification Beginss

December 13, 2019

Dr. Paula Gordon explains why it’s so important for women to know their breast density category and the risks of dense breasts.

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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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Shift – NB with Vanessa Vander Valk

November 5, 2020

Shift is an energetic two and a half hours that connects people in the province with the events of the day and with each other.

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Dr. Paula Gordon discusses what PEI needs to do next to save lives.

August 14, 2020

A national group is suggesting some next steps Health PEI could take for women with dense breasts. PEI is calling women with the densest breasts back for yearly mammograms.

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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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