Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. led an illustrious career as a Public School Teacher, Building and Central Office Administrator, State Department of Education Consultant and Chief, and an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Connecticut. Her advocacy, on behalf of students with disabilities, afforded her many opportunities for local, state and national advocacy efforts, conducting presentations across the country in addition to due process mediation sessions between families and school district personnel. She has relied on these skills when diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer which catapulted her to an unpaved and bumpy road less traveled - patient health care advocacy and non profit development.
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 dense 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.