Accessibility Options

Contact Information

Center for Disabilities Studies
University of Delaware
461 Wyoming Road
Newark DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-6974
TDD: 302-831-4689

Right to Know Campaign

A group of women with disabilities who are profiled in CDC's Right to Know Campaign

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. And living with a disability does not make you immune. Know the facts about breast cancer and why you need to make screening a regular part of your health care.

If you are 40–49 years old, talk to your doctor about getting a mammogram. If you are 50 or older, be sure to get a mammogram every two years.”
(Source: CDC’s Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations)

Listen to these women’s stories.

Breast Cancer Screening Campaign

Women who have disabilities are just as likely as women without disabilities to have ever received a mammogram. However, they are significantly less likely to have been screened within the recommended guidelines.  The public health community has used health communication messages and campaigns to increase breast cancer awareness and encourage women to take steps to help prevent breast cancer, yet few communication messages exist that target women with disabilities.

Download a flyer (English and Spanish) with tips to improve screening for women with disabilities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a study to explore the barriers to breast cancer screening for women who have physical disabilities. We discovered that the barriers include:

  • Thinking, “It won’t happen to me”
  • Focusing on other health issues
  • Difficulty with positioning while getting a mammogram
  • Not knowing where to go for accessible screening
  • Inaccessible facilities and equipment
  • Healthcare provider’s knowledge and attitudes

Women with disabilities also identified the lack of health promotion messages and materials that reflect their unique needs as a problem and requested that CDC address this issue.