It’s time to stop keeping New Brunswick women in the dark about their breast density!
- Having dense breasts is a bigger risk factor for breast cancer than family history.
- The denser your breasts, the higher your risk of breast cancer.
- Mammograms miss 50 per cent of cancers in women with the highest density breasts.
New Brunswick Regional Health Authorities don’t notify women when a radiologist determines from a mammogram that they have dense breasts.
Why aren’t women being alerted to one of the biggest risk factors for breast cancer? It’s akin to not telling us that we have high blood pressure that could cause a heart attack. How can we mitigate a risk we know nothing about?
Please help me change this!
Tell our elected officials you want breast cancer screening programs to notify you if you have dense breasts and what that means!
Tell Premier Blaine Higgs You Have a Right to Know Your Breast Density!
Tell NB Health Minister Ted Flemming You Have a Right to Know Your Breast Density!
Let our elected officials know that you are not a nameless, faceless statistic to be ignored! We are women with families and friends who love us and we have a right to know this important health information.
Tell us our breast density so we can be more vigilant with our self-exams, talk to our doctors about screening options and make appropriate lifestyle changes to further mitigate our risk.
In less than a minute, here’s how you can make a difference. Tell our political leaders that women have a right to know their breast density:
- Take a selfie or use any picture of yourself.
- Email it and/or tweet it to Premier Blaine Higgs and Minister Ted Flemming. (Email for Higgs: Blaine.Higgs@gnb.ca or on Twitter @BlaineHiggs) (Email for Flemming: Hugh.Flemming@gnb.ca or on Twitter @tedflemming)
- Use the hashtags #TellMe or #DisMoi
- Share on your social media, tag Premier Higgs and Minister Flemming and tag me on Twitter (@Kaufield) and FB (@BreastdensitymattersNB).
- Ask your friends and family to do the same. There’s power in numbers!
If you’re feeling camera-shy, just send or tweet this message: “Tell me my breast density so I can make informed healthcare decisions” with the #TellMe or #DisMoi hashtag.
Your male friends and family can take a selfie and send it in with the message: “My _____has a right to know her breast density.” Tell them to use #TellMe or #DisMoi too.
Blaine Higgs pledged during the recent election campaign to notify women about their breast density. Let’s make our voices heard – and our faces visible! – to ensure he keeps his promise. Alerting women about their breast density will help save lives!
Women have the right to know if they are at increased risk of breast cancer because of their breast density.
Women need to know that a normal mammogram result may not be accurate if they have dense breasts.
Women have the right to have an informed discussion with their physician about their risk factors.
Women need to understand how they can reduce their risk of breast cancer.
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