Tell the candidates running for Premier of PEI that you have a right to know your breast density!
PEI health authorities don’t notify women when a radiologist determines from a mammogram that they have dense breasts.
Physicians of women with over 75% dense breast tissue are notified that their patient has high density. Those women are asked to return after one year instead of two for a mammogram, but they aren’t told the reason behind that increased screening unless they ask their family doctor, or phone to ask why they are being screened more frequently. Mammograms miss 50% of cancers in the most dense breasts, and women in the three other categories are not notified about breast density at all.
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 your elected officials you want breast cancer screening programs to notify you about your breast density and what that means!
In less than a minute, here’s how you can make a difference. Tell the four candidates running for Premier of PEI that Island women have a right to know their breast density:
- Take a selfie or use any picture of yourself.
- Post it on Twitter and/or Facebook and tag the party leaders:
Liberal Leader Wade MacLauchlan: Twitter: @WadeMacLauchlan Facebook: @PEILiberals
PC Leader Dennis King: Twitter: @dennyking Facebook: @peipcparty @DennisKingPC
Green Party Leader Peter Bevan-Baker: Twitter: @peterbevanbaker @PEIgreens Facebook: @GreenpartyPEI
NDP Leader Joe Byrne: Twitter: @joebyrnepei Facebook: @PEINDP
- Use the hashtags #TellMe or #DisMoi
- Share on your social media, tag your local election candidates and tag me on Twitter (@Kaufield) and Facebook (@BreastdensitymattersNB).
- Ask your friends and family to do the same. There’s power in numbers! Let’s make our voices heard – and our faces visible! – during the 2019 PEI election campaign! Alerting women about their breast density will help save lives!