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‘It’s negligence:’ Advocates call on Nova Scotia to inform women of breast density in cancer screening.

November 30, 2017

Advocates are taking aim at Nova Scotia’s “negligence” around failing to inform women of a breast cancer screening risk factor they say could save lives.

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Breast density is a risk women need to know about, cancer survivor group says

November 7, 2017

When Naomi Pickersgill was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, it was a shock. Just 35 days earlier, a mammogram scan of her breasts had come back normal.

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Breast Density: the breast cancer risk factor no one talks about.

June 22, 2017

“I didn’t know to ask if I had dense breasts. If I had, I might not be what I am today, dying from Stage 4 breast cancer. It is the doctor’s responsibility to tell you if you have dense breasts, but our doctors are not telling patients,” she says. “There’s a big gap. It’s not just about being breast cancer aware, it’s about knowing what to ask.”

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Density is higher in women of Chinese ethnicity compared to other ethnic groups

May 22, 2017

Article is in Chinese on why breast density matters.

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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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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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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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