The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Urges Women with Disabilities to Get Screened for Breast Cancer During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is a major public health concern for all women, including women with disabilities. Women with disabilities are as likely to get breast cancer as women in the general population, yet, they often face physical, cultural, and attitudinal barriers when they seek breast health care.

Rockville, MD, October 26, 2017 —- The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) located in Rockville, MD, is urging women with disabilities to ask themselves “when is the last time they were screened for breast cancer.” AAHD is a national leader in raising awareness for women with disabilities about the importance of breast cancer screening and improving accessibility at mammogram facilities.

Breast cancer is a major public health concern for all women, including women with disabilities. Women with disabilities are as likely to get breast cancer as women in the general population. However, they often face accessibility challenges related to physical, cultural and attitudinal barriers when the seek breast health care.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, AAHD has launched an on-line survey to raise awareness and learn more about what barriers women face when getting their mammogram. AAHD encourages women with disabilities to take the quick on-line survey at http://bit.ly/WWDBrCa

Further, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, AAHD is urging women with disabilities to ask themselves ONE question: When did I have my last mammogram? Roberta S. Carlin, AAHD Executive Director and breast cancer survivor, “If the answer is I do not remember, you are likely overdue for your screening. There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer, so it is important for women with disabilities to be their own advocate, be an active participant in their healthcare and get regular screenings.” Early detection saves lives and works towards reducing health disparities between women with disabilities and the general population.

AAHD is partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to educate women with disabilities and health care providers on the importance of breast health screening and awareness. Currently, AAHD and Susan G. Komen Foundation are partnering to educate women with disabilities in the District of Columbia about breast cancer awareness, risks and prevention. As part of this project, AAHD is providing educational workshops for women with disabilities and performing facility accessibility assessments at FDA approved mammography facilities.

To learn more about AAHD and Susan G. Komen current partnership, please visit https://www.aahd.us/initiatives/susan-g-komen-grants/

Contact: Roberta Carlin, MS, JD AAHD Executive Director 301‐545‐6140 ext. 206 – [email protected]

AAHD is a national non‐profit organization dedicated to advancing health promotion and wellness initiatives, reducing health disparities, and advocate for full community inclusion and access for people with disabilities. Learn more about AAHD at www.aahd.us

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