Cancer Does Not Discriminate

October 23, 2013 at 2:22 pm Leave a comment

This is my third year writing a blog entry in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I’m proud to say that I have been cancer free for the past three years! Breast Cancer RibbonAs I have mentioned in previous blog entries, early detection is the best way to prevent breast cancer from developing into something requiring significant treatment that is often difficult and painful. But for people with disabilities, mammograms are often a challenge because of the design of the equipment and for those in rural areas it is often difficult to get to a facility with adequate mammography machines. However, it is vital that women with disabilities, and others that that have a history of breast cancer in their family get a regularly scheduled mammogram.

I had the honor of being chosen to speak at the local American Cancer Society, Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk just a few weeks ago. You can listen below to my remarks, but the bottom line is that cancer does not discriminate. It does not matter whether you are disabled or nondisabled, young or old, black or white, straight or gay; cancer can get you.

There is a new mammography machine that is FDA approved and out on the market that is very accessible and will make it much easier for individuals with disabilities to get a mammogram. The design of the machine has it come to you so you do not need to try to maneuver into the mammography machine. However these machines are very expensive and not prevalent in the USA. I’m working hard to try to get one in the Washington DC area. But it takes money and passion and connections. I believe in the cause and I am working as hard as I can to make it happen. As I work on this project, I am hoping that women with disabilities will heed this call to action and regardless of the difficulty in getting a mammogram, will do it. It is much better than the alternative of getting extensive treatment for more advanced cancer.

There is still time left in October. Schedule your mammogram now!

Youtube video of speech (the only captioning currently available is Youtube’s automatic captioning): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIwUCButAE0&feature=youtu.be

By Sheri Denkensohn

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