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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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Breast Density Information Available

October 30, 2019

Information about breast density is an important part of breast cancer screening and ensuring early detection and treatment. That is why it will now be automatically included in a woman’s screening mammography report. Nova Scotia is the first province in Canada to use a software that assesses breast density and automatically shares results.

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Many women aren’t told they have dense breasts. Here’s why it matters

October 11, 2019

Until a few weeks ago, Brenda, 52, only had two mammograms — once when she turned 40 and again when she turned 50. Both came back clear.

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P.E.I. women can expect breast density notification this fall, officials say

July 3, 2019

‘We did include it in out platform and it is our intention to roll out this initiative’

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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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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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