Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D., is director and founder of Are You Dense, Inc., and Are You Dense Advocacy, Inc., with its 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. Dr. Cappello’s starting advanced stage 3C breast cancer diagnosis, within weeks of her 11th normal mammogram, catapulted her to the bumpy and unpaved road of non-profit breast health patient advocacy. She is 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.
Following Nancy M. Cappello’s 11th mammogram, her doctor noticed a ridge in her breast during an exam. It turned out to be cancer.