Density Reporting Legislation 2017: Dr. Cappello joins advocates in Lincoln Nebraka to support Cheri's Law. States line up to protect women from later stage cancer.

A growing number of states are championing Density Reporting Laws to protects its citizens from missed, delayed and advanced stage breast cancer. The grassroots density reporting movement catapulted to the global stage when Connecticut became the first state to enact a density reporting law in 2009, inspired by Dr. Nancy Cappello, who began working with her legislature when she was diagnosed with stage 3C breast cancer in 2004. Connecticut's pioneering efforts led to the grassroots Breast Health movement, culminating in 2016 with 28 Density Reporting Laws. Dr. Cappello continues to be a leading voice in density education and reporting and has worked across the globe to empower women with the same critical breast cancer risk information their doctors have. 

Dr, Cappello traveled to Lincoln Nebraska to participate in Press Conference and to testify at Public Hearing on Cheri's Law.

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For an up to date visual of state efforts in 2017, see the advocacy state map at

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  • 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.