The Unmasking of Breast Cancer in Dense Breasts: The Elephant in the Examining Room

By Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.
Director & Founder, Are You Dense Inc & Are You Dense Advocacy Inc.
www.areyoudense.org and areyoudenseadvocacy.org

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Breast cancer screening by mammography reduces mortality from breast cancer. Mammography has been a breast surveillance procedure for four decades with the publication of the first randomized controlled trial, Health Insurance Plan (HIP) in 1966, when I was fourteen years old. My advanced stage breast cancer thirty-eight years later matched the conclusions of the first randomized controlled trial of mammography, which illustrated the limitations of mammography in glandular (dense) tissue.

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Study Shows Breast Density is Most Common Risk Factor for Breast Cancer


By Diane Clifford, Director of Marketing, Cancer Detection, iCAD, Inc.

An estimated 40% of women have dense breast tissue that may mask the presence of cancerous tissue.i Breast tissue is made of lobules, ducts, and fatty and fibrous connective tissue.ii When a woman has more fibrous tissue than fatty tissue, her breasts are considered dense.ii Given that cancer and fibrous breast tissue both appear white on mammograms, having dense breasts can make it harder for radiologists to spot areas of concern in a mammography.ii  As breast density increases, mammography sensitivity and specificity decrease while breast cancer risk increases, further highlighting the need for more accurate assessments for women with dense breasts.ii Continue reading “Study Shows Breast Density is Most Common Risk Factor for Breast Cancer”

Recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Diane Clifford, Director of Marketing, Cancer Detection, iCAD, Inc.

841-pink-ribbon-vector-38674Here at iCAD we would like this opportunity to recognize those who are battling breast cancer and those survivors and their families along with the companies that develop technology to detect and treat breast cancer.

This is a great time to be reminded of the importance of breast health and your annual mammogram. If your physician tells you have dense breasts from your mammogram, do you understand what that means and what action you should take?

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An Inconvenient Truth: Implementing Solutions To Screening The Dense Breast To Avoid Winners And Losers

By Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.
Director & Founder, Are You Dense Inc & Are You Dense Advocacy Inc.
www.areyoudense.org and areyoudenseadvocacy.org

My blue-collar dad, who started a plumbing business, instilled in me the value of education. Though he died when I was fifteen, I continue to hear his resolute wisdom which aided my career decisions for nearly five decades. My career as an educator, culminating with a Ph.D., afforded me bountiful opportunities to fulfill my passion to ensure access to high quality education for children with learning and emotional disabilities. Throughout my career, I led teams as the ‘boss’ which included developing programs, proposing regulations, overseeing budgets, and supervising a varied workforce. Continue reading “An Inconvenient Truth: Implementing Solutions To Screening The Dense Breast To Avoid Winners And Losers”

Top 10 Tips for Your First Mammogram

By Diane Clifford, Director of Marketing, Cancer Detection, iCAD, Inc.

MammographyIf you are about to get your first mammogram, it’s normal to feel some anxiety. But you can put your mind at ease if you approach the exam armed with knowledge. Following are some tips to help you be iNFORMED. Continue reading “Top 10 Tips for Your First Mammogram”