Nancy M. Cappello, PhD, Breast Health Advocate, Honored By UNICO, The Largest Italian American Service Organization in The U.S.

At its national meeting in Scottsdale Arizona, Nancy M. Cappello, PhD was honored by the largest Italian American service organization in the United States, UNICO, with its Americanism – Civis Illustris Award for her outstanding work in communities in the US and around the world. 

According to Tom Vaughan, incoming National President, UNICO, “Dr. Cappello embodies the true spirit of our organization, an organization which celebrates our proud Italian American heritage and the positive contributions we make as Americans.”

As director and founder of Are You Dense, Inc., and Are You Dense Advocacy Inc., patient advocacy breast health nonprofit organizations, Dr. Cappello spearheads grassroots efforts to educate the public about risks and screening challenges of dense breast tissue to prevent missed, delayed and advanced-stage cancer.

Moreover, she is the inspiration behind the first density reporting law in the nation in 2009, catapulting Connecticut as a global leader in density reporting and adjunct screening for women with dense breast tissue.

Complete Press Release Here

Nancy's Chalkboard Blog Post "Macaroni, Gravy and Breast Cancer:  A Meaningful Collision In Honor of my Italian Heritage" chronicles her heritage and reflections on the Americanism Award. You can find it here.



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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.