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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


Feb 13, 2018 Maggie Alk
Feb 8, 2018 Paula Malo
Feb 8, 2018 Charlie Simmons
Feb 8, 2018 Donovan Simmons
Feb 8, 2018 Victoria Simmons
Feb 8, 2018 Eileen Simmons
Feb 7, 2018 Helen Rose
Feb 6, 2018 Denise Lincoln
Feb 6, 2018 Marie Perry
Feb 5, 2018 Susan Elkin
Feb 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 5, 2018 Haley Newberry My mother has breast cancer. It is hard for her to get around. It would be greatly appreciated if something could be done to make it easier for people with disabilities to get mammograms. This should be available to everyone.
Feb 5, 2018 Mary Molton
Feb 5, 2018 Lori Johnson
Feb 5, 2018 Michele Burke
Feb 5, 2018 Sharon Cornett
Feb 5, 2018 Kathryn Williams
Feb 5, 2018 Suzanne Reilly
Feb 5, 2018 Tarsha Simmons
Feb 5, 2018 Carolmichelle Strauss There is no question that it should be available to everyone.
Feb 5, 2018 Kathi Henline
Feb 5, 2018 renee leclair
Feb 5, 2018 Sandra Kearney
Feb 5, 2018 Edith McNeilly Find mammograms for everyone.
Feb 5, 2018 Lori Sherry
Feb 5, 2018 Jennifer Johnson
Feb 5, 2018 Julie Meza
Feb 5, 2018 Joan Heslington I think mammograms should be available to all women. If it means more cancers can be detected and treated as soon as possible.
Feb 5, 2018 Jim Malone
Feb 5, 2018 Rita O'Sullivan
Feb 5, 2018 Sabrina Mulrooney
Feb 5, 2018 Dawn Longo
Feb 4, 2018 Robert Cooke, Jr.
Feb 4, 2018 Vance Anita Pitts Let's make mammograms available to all women, stop discrimination
Feb 4, 2018 selma castanheira santos
Feb 3, 2018 koenraad seminck
Feb 3, 2018 Joan Gordon
Feb 3, 2018 Linda Zeller
Feb 3, 2018 Robert Hannah
Feb 3, 2018 LAURA MUSHKAT I never thought of this. my spine problems makes it hard to stand so I really feel for those who can not do it. hopefully this can change soon-hugs
Feb 3, 2018 Jeanette Kelly
Feb 3, 2018 James McConnell
Feb 3, 2018 Jane Buchanan
Feb 3, 2018 Cathy Eccles
Feb 3, 2018 Barbara Quinlan
Feb 3, 2018 Anne Glover
Feb 3, 2018 Daniel P Carroll
Feb 3, 2018 Holly Reed
Feb 3, 2018 Kay Volkert Make mammograms accessible to all women!

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