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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What about the Boobs on Wheels?

Filed under: Living with a disability — by Glenda at 6:21 pm on Thursday, October 2, 2008

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month and with the age of 42 being around the corner (November 4th to be exact), screening mammograms are on my mind. I appreciate the importance of having early mammograms, but having one done terrifies me! Unlike many women with physical disabilities, I am able to stand for a few moments. However, I do falter at times. I can only imagine the excruciating pain if I should lose my balance while my breast is held firmly in the vice-grip.

No doubt there are mammogram machines accessible to women in wheelchairs, but I have yet to see a picture of one. And, how many local screening clinics have such machines? How accessible is breast care (and, sexual health care, for that matter) to women with disabilities?

Come to think about it, I don’t recall seeing a Breast Cancer Awareness campaign photo including women with obvious disabilities. Surely these campaigns are totally inclusive. Yes?

Tomorrow morning I am heading out of town for a weekend Board meeting, but I’d love to explore this issue further upon my return. So, if you have had experience, personal or professional, on this issue, or if you know of a relevant resource, feel free to leave a comment below. Depending upon your interest, this might be a great topic with which to reopen Readers’ Cafe. Yes?  

Have a great weekend!

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7 Comments »

Comment by Karen Putz / DeafMom

October 3, 2008 @ 5:22 am

I wonder if ultrasound screening would be the way to go for women with disabilities?

Comment by Lori-ann

October 3, 2008 @ 4:25 pm

Here is a link to an article about an alternative to mammography. Thermography. No squishing involved.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2000/10/29/thermography.aspx

There is even a location in Surrey that does this :)

http://www.purepharmacy.com/

Something to explore. I wonder if it is covered by BC Medical?

Comment by Mary McDonald, Process Improvement Specialist

October 3, 2008 @ 9:23 pm

Glenda,

My local screening facility has a digital machine that moves up and down – I think you may be able to lean forward into it from the chair… I’m going in a few weeks and I’ll report back then, but DO check your local screening facility to find out if they can work with you from a sitting position…

Hugs,
Mary

PS
The vise grip doesn’t hurt THAT much…

Comment by Tina-Sue

October 9, 2008 @ 8:09 am

Thank-your for this post, and the lovely blog.
Happy writing.

Comment by diep

October 23, 2009 @ 8:59 am

Thanks so much for doing your part to help increase awareness of this tragic disease. I recently got diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy. I hope and pray every day that more people do their part to help make a world for our daughters to live free of this disease. Thanks again for helping make that dream more of a reality.

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