What You Need to Know
- An estimated 81,000 New Brunswick women have dense breasts.
- About 40 per cent of women over the age of 40 have dense breasts, which means their breasts have more glands and less fat.
- You can’t tell how dense breasts are just by looking at them, by their firmness or their size.
- Only a radiologist can determine breast density by looking at your mammogram.
- The denser the breast, the higher the risk of getting breast cancer.
- Dense breast tissue masks cancers in mammograms. Since both cancer and dense tissue appear white on a mammogram, it is difficult for radiologists to determine if what they are seeing is cancer or not.
- Mammograms miss 50 per cent of cancers in women with the highest density breasts.
- Having dense breasts is a bigger risk factor for breast cancer than family history.
Ask your doctor about your breast density and what screening methods are right for you. Be vigilant with your self-exams. It could save your life.
Get informed about breast density at Dense Breasts Canada.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among New Brunswick women and is a leading cause of cancer-related death. Early detection saves lives!