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Contact Information

Center for Disabilities Studies
University of Delaware
461 Wyoming Road
Newark DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-6974
TDD: 302-831-4689
Email: info@gohdwd.org

Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!  Have you gotten your mammogram yet?

Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. If you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your doctor about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram. Unfortunately, studies show that women with disabilities are less likely than women without disabilities to have received a mammogram in the past two years. They are also less likely to receive routine clinical preventive services. Many women face substantial barriers to obtaining breast and cervical cancer screening such as limited health literacy, less self-efficacy or self-confidence in one’s ability to obtain screening, lack of provider recommendation, inconvenient times to access services, and language barriers.   Tips for Women with Physical Disabilities If you are a woman living with a disability, you may face challenges that make it hard to get a mammogram.  The following are tips that can help a woman with a disability in getting her mammogram:

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  • When scheduling your mammogram, ask the staff how to prepare if you use a wheelchair or a scooter, and ask if the machine can be adjusted so you can remain seated.
  • Tell the staff if you need help to sit upright, move your arms, transfer from your chair or scooter, or get undressed and dressed.
  • Ask how long the appointment is and if you can have more time if you need it.
  • If you have any disability-related concerns, discuss them with your doctor.

 

For more information,  you can visit http://go.usa.gov/fNkP to read about the tips for women with physical limitations or http://go.usa.gov/fN8C to read the feature dedicated solely to women with disabilities.