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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


Nov 24, 2017 Jennifer Will
Nov 24, 2017 Carl O Connor
Nov 24, 2017 Karen Hornberger
Nov 23, 2017 bernardo alayza mujica
Nov 23, 2017 Lacey D
Nov 22, 2017 April Smith
Nov 22, 2017 Darren Frale
Nov 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 21, 2017 Virginia Shaller
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Nov 21, 2017 Nadia Burguin
Nov 21, 2017 Carla Marques
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2017 Fernanda Coelho
Nov 20, 2017 Jennifer Conway
Nov 20, 2017 Sandra Lady
Nov 19, 2017 Alyson Michelena
Nov 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 19, 2017 Paula Lewis
Nov 19, 2017 Susan Babbitt
Nov 19, 2017 susan leber
Nov 19, 2017 Carrie Carlson
Nov 19, 2017 Iryna Andreychuk
Nov 18, 2017 Mariela Zapata
Nov 18, 2017 Jim Sheridan
Nov 18, 2017 Gemma Clark
Nov 18, 2017 Andrew Green
Nov 17, 2017 Anne Mitchell
Nov 17, 2017 Livia D
Nov 17, 2017 Lauri Moon
Nov 17, 2017 DIANE CORNWALL
Nov 17, 2017 Blagovesta Zlatanova
Nov 17, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Nov 17, 2017 John Hansen
Nov 16, 2017 Terri Blahut
Nov 16, 2017 macita bonedensity
Nov 16, 2017 Dawn Pacheco My mother is a breast cancer survivor. I have school friends who died early in their 20’s with beast cancer. I want to be one hundred percent behind ALL WOMEN getting mammogram and GREATER GOOD!
Nov 16, 2017 Fabrizio Calderara
Nov 16, 2017 valerie choinski
Nov 16, 2017 Virginia Wilson
Nov 16, 2017 Emma Spurgin Hussey
Nov 15, 2017 julie wiebe
Nov 15, 2017 Kim Hendershot
Nov 15, 2017 Ian Finch-James
Nov 15, 2017 Christine Cuffe
Nov 15, 2017 Ana Alvarez
Nov 15, 2017 Julie Flores
Nov 15, 2017 Chris Wale
Nov 15, 2017 Erin Piggott
Nov 14, 2017 Dana Rubenstein

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