The Nova Scotia Breast Screening program at the IWK Health Centre encourages Nova Scotia women to get regular mammograms and reminds them that breast density information is available following mammograms. Currently, women can ask their primary care provider to request their breast density be reported to them following their mammogram.
The IWK is developing a way to automatically include breast density information on mammography reports. Once complete, in early spring 2019, Nova Scotia will be the first province to implement an automated, standard approach to measuring breast density for all screening mammograms.
“Understanding breast cancer risk and the role of screening is important for Nova Scotia women, and breast density is one risk factor,” said Dr. Sian Iles, medical advisor, Nova Scotia Breast Screening Program. “We are excited by the progress we are making to share this information with women and their care providers. We encourage women to get regular mammograms, as screening is a proven way to decrease mortality from breast cancer in all women, regardless of breast density.”
While breast density is a risk factor for developing breast cancer, it is important to consider it in combination with other possible risk factors like family history, genetics and age. Mammography remains the gold standard for breast screening and detection.Share