It is with great sadness that we write about the passing of breast density advocate Nancy Cappello, PhD. Nancy was the Director and Founder of Are You Dense, Inc., and Are You Dense Advocacy, Inc., with a mission to educate the public about the risks and screening challenges of dense breast tissue.
Nancy’s advanced stage breast cancer diagnosis after a decade of ‘normal’ mammograms, and her shocking revelation of the scientific research for decades of the risks and screening challenges of dense breast tissue, started her quest to ensure that all women are informed of their dense breast tissue at the time of their mammography report.
In 2005, Nancy refused to concede to an ’empty’ legislative mandate for whole breast ultrasound screening for women with dense breasts in her home state of Connecticut and worked for three years to standardize the communication of breast density to CT women.
Nancy was instrumental behind the first-in-the-nation density reporting law passed in Connecticut in 2009. Thirty-six states have enacted density reporting laws, and a federal bill in both the House and Senate was introduced on October 25, 2017.
Nancy was a great friend and partner of the AHRA, presenting at many conferences and contributing to our publications, providing education and awareness about women’s health risks. Members always noted that her personal story and passion was a true inspiration and her sessions were not to be missed. We are grateful for her many contributions and the opportunity to work and collaborate with her over the years. She will be greatly missed.