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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


May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 18, 2018 Vicki Kimmel
May 17, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
May 13, 2018 Tina Wasielewski
May 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 6, 2018 Ms. Carla Compton
May 6, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
May 2, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
May 1, 2018 Richard Bosboom
May 1, 2018 Sara Vilhena
Apr 30, 2018 suzanne caruso
Apr 23, 2018 Lea Faulks
Apr 23, 2018 Quentin Fischer
Apr 20, 2018 Carol McMahon
Apr 20, 2018 Bonita Easley
Apr 20, 2018 Susan Hinckley-Porter
Apr 19, 2018 Nancy Seay
Apr 18, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Apr 10, 2018 Lynne Minore
Apr 10, 2018 Helen Smylie
Apr 10, 2018 H. Sustaita
Apr 10, 2018 Richard Rheder
Apr 8, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Apr 7, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 4, 2018 Tammy Gardner
Apr 3, 2018 Randall Bong
Apr 2, 2018 Claudia Svoboda
Apr 2, 2018 Marilena Zlate
Apr 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 29, 2018 Lourdes Guzman
Mar 29, 2018 Susan Hodgson
Mar 28, 2018 Leah Helmer
Mar 28, 2018 Lens Lucas
Mar 28, 2018 Carolyn Crawford
Mar 21, 2018 Tracy Kalesnik
Mar 21, 2018 Jo Mosley
Mar 21, 2018 Mary Ann Jones
Mar 21, 2018 Emma Jackson
Mar 14, 2018 Sheila Ward
Mar 8, 2018 Elva Thompson
Mar 7, 2018 Cynthia Chan
Mar 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 5, 2018 Ulrika Grönstedt
Mar 4, 2018 Judith Mayhew
Mar 4, 2018 Chris Sterry
Mar 4, 2018 Nora Cox
Mar 4, 2018 Caryl Johnson
Mar 1, 2018 Amber Greenwood
Feb 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 26, 2018 Emma Lopez

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