British Columbia Specific Information
Dense breasts have more connective, gland, and milk duct tissue than fatty tissue. To determine if you have dense breasts, you will need to undergo a screening mammogram. It is important to know if you have dense breasts, because having dense breasts may make it harder to see if you have cancer during mammograms. There are varying degrees of breast density, and having more dense breasts may increase your risk of getting breast cancer.
A number of breast cancer screening methods, including mammograms, can help find and diagnose breast cancer. The decision to have a mammogram or use any other screening method may be a difficult decision for some women. While screening for breast cancer is often recommended, it is not mandatory. Speak with your health care provider for information regarding how to get screened, the facts and myths about screening tests, how to maintain your breast health, and to get help making an informed decision.
For more information about breast cancer and breast cancer screening, visit:
- BC Cancer Agency: Screening BC - Breast
- BC Cancer Agency: Types of Cancer - Breast Cancer
- Canadian Cancer Society: What is Breast Cancer?
- Canadian Task Force on Preventative Health Care: Breast Cancer Screening
If you have questions about breast cancer or medications, speak with your health care provider or call 8-1-1 to speak with a registered nurse or pharmacist. Our nurses are available anytime, every day of the year, and our pharmacists are available every night from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time.
Adaptation Date: 4/28/2022
Adapted By: HealthLink BC
Adaptation Reviewed By: HealthLink BC