Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. is a sought-after speaker, having presented across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Rome, Italy, Paris and Tokyo, Japan. Her story of an advanced-stage breast cancer within weeks of her 11th "Normal" mammogram, resulting in Connecticut's landmark dense breast reporting legislation and global grassroots education and advocacy efforts, has inspired patient advocacy efforts across the globe. Dr. Cappello's breast health advocacy and its impact has been featured in print and media outlets such as ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, U.S. News and World Report and Prevention. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. Her blog, Nancy's Chalkboard, is featured on multiple media channels including the Huffington Post.
Accolades about Dr. Cappello's Keynote:
"Fantastic! Saved the best for last. One of the most impressive speakers I have ever heard in mammography." "Amazing Class! Very Informative! Thank you." "Excellent. Very Impressive. My new hero" "Great presentation. Important. We need to keep this on our radar & get it to our mamo techs and docs." AHRA 2018 Spring Conference Attendees
"Thanks for taking the time to enlighten us with your personal story. You have taken what could have had a tragic result and turned it into a great positive for so many women who will benefit from your passion and knowledge. The post-program comments we heard were very effusive and complimentary of your content as well as lively delivery. ' Kimberly and Richard Sisisky, benefactors of the Jacksonville, Florida Baptist Health Sisisky-Kleppinger Endowed Lecture for Women's Health.
"Dr.Cappello captivated our audience with a message so powerful that everyone in the room walked away knowing of the importance of being educated on your breast density grade after a screening mammogram. You also walk away knowing the importance of a personalized breast care plan no matter what type of breast tissue you have. Her experience and journey through breast cancer is one you will not forget." Charnaye Bosley, Corporate Director of Women’s Imaging Novant Health
"Nancy's story is remarkable. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer and learned that high breast density contributed to the late diagnosis of her breast cancer, she did not take the news lying down. Dr. Cappello tells her story using humor, honesty and connects with her audience in a way that inspires others to advocate for their own health. There's no doubt Nancy has saved countless lives through her education and advocacy work." Dr. Kathy Schilling, Medical Director, Lynn Women's Institute, Boca Raton, Florida.
"Dr. Cappello's personal story of a late breast cancer diagnosis was both moving and compelling. She was able to connect to the audience and inspire them to rethink the way we view and share information in healthcare. She is the VOICE of patient's everywhere. Her passion, advocacy and enthusiasm to engage others to change is remarkable and insightful!" Marcy Rushford, AHRA Representative and Clinical Director Diagnostic Imaging, Catholic Medical Hospital, Manchester, NH.
"The audience adored Dr. Cappello. Her energy and passion for the topic of breast health is extraordinary. What a sweet gesture she made to gather survivors, thrivers and previvors for a group picture with her. We thank her for making our event a success!" Serena Collado, Director Community Health, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset, NJ.
Dr. Cappello at the 23rd International Breast Cancer Conference: Tokyo, Japan
Dr. Cappello at Beyond the Mammogram sponsored by the Orange Coast Memorial Foundation and the Vince Ferragamo Foundation: Huntington Beach, CA
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Breast density is one of the strongest predictors of the failure of mammography screening to detect cancer.
Two-thirds of pre-menopausal women and 1/4 of post menopausal women have dense breast tissue.
Adding more sensitive tests to mammography significantly increase detection of invasive cancers that are small and node negative.
American College of Radiology describes women with "Dense Breast Tissue" as having a higher than average risk of Breast Cancer.
While a mammogram detects 98% of cancers in women with fatty breasts, it finds only 48% in women with the densest breasts.
A woman at average risk and a woman at high risk have an EQUAL chance of having their cancer masked by mammogram.
Women with dense breasts who had breast cancer have a four times higher risk of recurrence than women with less-dense breasts.
A substantial proportion of Breast Cancer can be attributed to high breast density alone.
Cancer turns up five times more often in women with extremely dense breasts than those with the most fatty tissue.
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.