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Sign the petition asking the the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to require imaging clinics nation-wide to a fully accessible mammography machine and other reasonable accommodations for patients with disabilities and limited mobility!

The majority of mammography machines are not easily accessible to women with disabilities and mobility problems, as they require patients to stand up for several minutes.

Older women, who are generally less mobile than their younger counterparts, are also far more likely than younger women to develop cancer, making it more important that they receive regular screenings. But women with disabilities or mobility problems are actually one-third less likely to receive mammograms and other cancer screenings, due at least in part to a lack of access [1]. About 80 percent of women who do not receive their regular annual mammograms also have impaired mobility [2].

It's so important that we make mammograms accessible to all women who need them. In Montana, every clinic that offers mammograms has at least one machine that is accessible to women with disabilities and mobility issues [3]. It's time for the rest of the country to follow their example.

Wheelchair accessible mammography machines do exist. These special machines have an adjustable height feature and removable footplates and armrests so there's plenty of room for a wheelchair or chair to be maneuvered close to the machine. Some are also equipped with handles to hold onto for women who struggle to stand and steady themselves. However, not nearly enough clinics have these machines.

There are plenty of other things clinics could be doing to make mammograms more accessible for limited-mobility patients too [4]. Changing areas should have chairs and should be large enough to accommodate a wheelchair. Clinic entrances should be wheelchair accessible, and longer appointment times should be offered for limited-mobility patients.

Every clinic around the country that offers mammograms should be required to provide a fully accessible mammography machine and other reasonable accommodations for patients with disabilities and limited mobility.

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To the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,

Too many women with disabilities and mobility issues are missing out on breast cancer screenings because they lack access to a clinic that will work with their limitations.

Having a disability or a mobility problem doesn't make you less likely to get breast cancer, so it shouldn't make you less likely to get screened either.

We demand that the United States Department of Health and Human Services begin requiring all clinics that offer breast screening services across the nation to offer reasonable accommodations to patients with disabilities and limited mobility, including an accessible mammography machine and wheelchair-accessible entrances and changing areas.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jan 18, 2018 Ivy Slater
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 Anita Hoos
Jan 17, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jan 16, 2018 Ann Schmitt
Jan 16, 2018 Patricia Pyles It's very important for all women to have a mammmagram done Every Year. To. Help prevent. Cancer if caught in time I'll for signing this to help
Jan 16, 2018 Leslie Dearman
Jan 16, 2018 mary jane cruz
Jan 16, 2018 Margaret Touw
Jan 14, 2018 Melynda Quinn
Jan 14, 2018 Donna Selquist
Jan 14, 2018 Diane Taylor
Jan 14, 2018 Phyllis Gerritsen Every woman should have the opportunity equal care regardless of her physical abilities.
Jan 13, 2018 Lynn Scarborough
Jan 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 12, 2018 Joseph Maggiore
Jan 12, 2018 Joseph Maggiore
Jan 12, 2018 Martha Staininger
Jan 12, 2018 Gaylene Thorpe This shouldn't even need a petition, but unfortunately it does. Women with disabilities deserve, and have a right to, mammography equipment that will meet their mobility issues.
Jan 12, 2018 Larry Bright Time to make breast examination & ex rays available to all women!
Jan 12, 2018 Roxanne Snider
Jan 12, 2018 Debbie Drong
Jan 12, 2018 Karen Brice
Jan 12, 2018 Catherine D.
Jan 12, 2018 ALVERNIA DRAPER
Jan 12, 2018 C Morrissette
Jan 12, 2018 Francis Deutsch
Jan 12, 2018 Beth Harrelson
Jan 12, 2018 Debra Spielman
Jan 12, 2018 Chrissy Smutny
Jan 12, 2018 Karen Collins
Jan 12, 2018 Nancy Bloyd
Jan 12, 2018 Claudia Hansen It's the right thing to do.
Jan 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 11, 2018 RENATA FLIS
Jan 11, 2018 Tanja Stanfield
Jan 10, 2018 Geniece Medsker
Jan 10, 2018 Janine Baker
Jan 10, 2018 Teresa Cruz-Wortman
Jan 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2018 Barbara Owens
Jan 10, 2018 Eileen Bennett
Jan 10, 2018 Jennifer Schonberger
Jan 10, 2018 linda koch Please pass this
Jan 10, 2018 Linda Reynolds GOD BLESS ALL!
Jan 10, 2018 Kathy Pestrikoff
Jan 10, 2018 Denyse Creesy All women need mammograms whether they have disabilities or not!
Jan 10, 2018 Georgi-Ann Bargamian
Jan 10, 2018 Zoe Spiropoulou

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