Receiving a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Breast cancer starts in the cells of breasts. Confirming a diagnosis of cancer involves a number of tests and scans that may include mammography, ultrasound, MRI and biopsy. During a biopsy, a tissue sample is taken and sent to a lab to find out if cancer cells are present or not. 

You may be referred to our North York General Hospital's Medical Imaging Services or our BMO Breast Diagnostic Clinic (BDC) where a health care team, including a surgeon will meet with you. At the BDC you will be asked to fill in a detailed profile of your personal and medical history. Please come prepared with the knowledge of the history of cancer in your family.

See all six videos in the Breast Cancer Care Integrated Care Collaborative Series.

In the Breast Diagnostic Clinic, your team of health care professionals engage with you to keep you informed every step of the way.

A genetic assessment may be recommended depending on your personal and family history and other risk factors. 

For additional resources about diagnosing breast cancer please visit the Canadian Cancer Society.