Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm 3 comments the focus of the media right now is on the election and the recovery from Sandy, October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Before the month ends, I want to make a special plea to women with disabilities. If you have not already done so, please get your regularly scheduled mammogram. I am a quadriplegic and breast cancer survivor. Because of my regularly scheduled mammogram, two years ago a small lump was discovered and I had a mastectomy. As of this month I am clear of cancer for 2 years. So this is a personal plea to women with disabilities. BE PROACTIVE!

Too many women with disabilities ignore preventative health measures such as mammograms. Dealing with chronic conditions coupled with use of a wheelchair certainly makes having a mammogram not an easy task. However, it is crucial to detect breast cancer at its early stages. If it is caught, the chances for survival and lack of recurrence greatly increase.

When you are making an appointment for your mammogram, make sure that you ask the following questions:

  • Is the mammography machine accessible? Does it move up and down and side to side?
  • Is the facility aware that you have a disability and may need assistance during the mammogram? This is important so that personnel are made available to assist and the appropriate amount of time is allotted for your examination.
  • Have you consulted with your primary physician regarding whether you should get a 3-D mammogram? This is a new technology that provides a greatly enhanced picture of the breast. It is even better than an MRI, which can be a very difficult procedure for someone with mobility issues. This test may require an out-of-pocket expense, but it is worth it if you have a history of breast cancer in your family or if you have had breast cancer.

Do not put off your mammogram! Those of us with chronic conditions are more likely to have had tests involving radiation. This increases the risk of breast cancer. Getting mammography screening is a matter of life and death. Schedule your mammogram TODAY.

By Sheri Denkensohn


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Paul Winkler  |  March 6, 2013 at 2:31 am

    But what do you do when your physicians refuse to arrange a mammogram for you?

    My sister has a breast lump and has quadriplegia due to ALS. She would have, in the past, immediately scheduled a mammogram, but the doctors told her “but I can’t sit tall enough, lean forward and raise my arms, so no mammogram.” This seems ridiculous to me, but there seems to be no recourse.

    • 2. ecnvecnv  |  March 7, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      This is outrageous! Please give me your location.

      • 3. luaprelkniw  |  March 8, 2013 at 9:16 am

        My sister is located in London, Ontario.

        Another doctor saw my sis yesterday and said “She’s going to try to bypass that rejection, and we should hear back within a week. If the ultrasound finds something, then they will do a biopsy. At this point there is a 1% chance of a malignancy. The anode is tiny and of almost zero concern.”

        I don’t know if this doctor will be successful or not. When you have ALS, you have to learn patience – everything seems to take forever!

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