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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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Breast density information to be included with all N.S. mammogram results

October 30, 2019

It’s a frightening statistic that far too many women in Nova Scotia are aware of: One in eight will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. But now the Nova Scotia health care system is aiming to give women new and potentially life-saving information on their breast health with every mammogram report. Women in the province will now be able to learn whether they have dense breasts with the results of their mammogram as part of the Nova Scotia Breast Screening Program.

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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 to provide breast density results to all women who undergo a mammogram, using a new technology pioneered in-house. The standardized changes are effective immediately, with the new Densitas breast density assessment software already installed in screening centres across Nova Scotia.

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

October 30, 2019

Nova Scotia quality oxandrolone for sale 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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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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Radio Interviews

October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 2, 2021

Dr. Jean Seely speaks to Radio Canada Saskatchewan (French)

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Canada’s breast screening practices are failing women, according to new report

September 29, 2021

640AM Radio: Dr. Paula Gordon speaks to Kelly Cutrara

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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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