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Are You Dense Inc.

Are You Dense Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non profit.

Its Mission is to prevent advanced stage breast cancer to reduce mortality. 

Are You Dense Inc. was founded by Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. after her advanced stage diagnosis of stage 3C breast cancer within weeks of her 11th normal mammogram. She found out at the time that like 40% of women, Dr. Cappello has dense breast tissue which can mask cancer on mammogram.  It is also a risk factor for breast cancer.  Through her advocacy, she and her husband Joe advocated for a law to report dense breast tissue to the patient through the mammography report.  Nancy and Joe wanted women to have the same information their docs have about their dense breast tissue and to be able to discuss other screening options as an adjunct to mammogram that can better detect cancers in dense breasts.

Connecticut became the first state in the nation to enact a density reporting law.  Currently 31 states have density reporting laws. 

For more on Dr. Cappello's story go to http://www.areyoudense.org/stories/nancy/.

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