Nancy's Bio

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Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. is Director and Founder of Are You Dense, Inc., and Are You Dense Advocacy, Inc., with a mission to educate the public about the risks and screening challenges of dense breast tissue to prevent missed, delayed, and advanced-stage cancer, thus reducing mortality. She was the inspiration behind Connecticut’s first-in-the-nation density reporting law passed in 2009, making the state a global leader in density reporting, adjunct screening, and the density reporting grassroots movement. More than half the states have since enacted density reporting laws, and a federal bill is pending.

Dr. Cappello has presented her inspiring story of patient-turned-advocate nationally and at Scientific Forums in Rome, Tokyo, Paris and Brisbane, Australia.  Her blog, Nancy’s Chalkboard, is published by the Huffington Post and other media outlets. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including being named a Health Hero by Parade Magazine and honored by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.

Dr. Cappello holds a B.A. and an M.S. in Elementary and Special Education from Central Connecticut State University, a Sixth Year Certificate in Administration and Supervision from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Ph.D. in Education Administration from the University of Connecticut. When her Mission is finished, she looks forward to rescuing a dog, learning Italian, and taking golf lessons.


Please browse the website further to learn about dense breast tissue, use the available resources, read and share stories and consider making a donation to help expose this BEST-KEPT SECRET about the limitations of mammography alone to detect cancer in women with dense breast tissues.

Are You Dense, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity. IRS Tax ID 26-3643216. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

  
  • Are You Dense? Fact #1:

    Breast density is one of the strongest predictors of the failure of mammography screening to detect cancer.

     
  • Are You Dense? Fact #2:

    Two-thirds of pre-menopausal women and 1/4 of post menopausal women have dense breast tissue. 

     
  • Are You Dense? Fact #3:

    Adding more sensitive tests to mammography significantly increase detection of invasive cancers that are small and node negative.

     
  • Are You Dense? Fact #4:

    Cancer turns up five times more often in women with extremely dense breasts than those with the most fatty tissue.

     
  • Are You Dense? Fact #5:

    While a mammogram detects 98% of cancers in women with fatty breasts, it finds only 48% in women with the densest breasts.

     
  • Are You Dense? Fact #6:

    A woman at average risk and a woman at high risk have an EQUAL chance of having their cancer masked by mammogram.

     
  • Are You Dense? Fact #7:

    Women with dense breasts who had breast cancer have a four times higher risk of recurrence than women with less-dense breasts.

     
  • Are You Dense? Fact #8:

    A substantial proportion of Breast Cancer can be attributed to high breast density alone.

     
  • Are You Dense? Fact #9:

    There are too many women who are unaware of their breast density, believe their “Happy Gram” when it reports no significant findings and are at risk of receiving a later stage cancer diagnosis. 

     
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