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Screening mammography needs to inform women if their breasts are dense

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I would like to see a requirement that after having a screening mammogram women in British Columbia be notified if their breasts are dense. Once aware that they have dense breasts, women can then talk to their doctor about what further testing may be done so that cancer can be identified at an early stage.

Mammograms miss cancer in dense breasted women as cancers appear white and dense breasts also appear white. This makes the mammogram extremely difficult to interpret. Premenopausal women are more likely to have dense breasts and this may account for why about one in four cancers are missed in women between the ages of 40-49.

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