Breast cancer screening in Canada: 2021/2022

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This section describes how elevated risk and high risk for breast cancer are defined and how these levels of risk impact screening strategies.

Breast screening for individuals at elevated and high risk

family treeMany jurisdictions differentiate between average risk, “elevated” risk, and “high” risk of breast cancer, and these specific levels of risk have their own definitions, and impact screening eligibility.

Learn more about the screening strategies for participants with:

Breast density

Evidence has shown that having dense breasts is associated with an increased risk of developing breast cancer, and that having dense breasts can make it more difficult to detect breast cancer by mammogram alone.

Learn more about breast density.