Breast Care Awareness
According to the American Cancer Society the recommended screening guidelines for breast care are:
- Self-Breast Exam: Conduct self-breast exams monthly. Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel. You should report any changes to your doctor.
- Clinical Breast Exam (CBE): For women in their 20’s and 30’s you should get a clinical breast exam every 3 year. For women 40 and over, you should get a CBE annually.
- Mammography: For women age 40 and over, you should get a mammogram annually for as long as you are in good health.
According to the American Cancer Society 2009-2010 report there will be:
- An estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed among women.
- An additional 62,280 cases of in situ breast cancer.
- An estimated 40,170 women will die from breast cancer in 2009.
ADHP along with Accessibility Ambassadors surveyed several Arkansas mammography facilities for accessibility. Our findings and tips for scheduling and preparing for a mammogram can be found in the Resource Guide: Mammography for Women with Disabilities in Arkansas.
In Arkansas 24.5% of the population living in the community report some kind of disability.
Women with disabilities report breast cancer at a higher rate than their non-disabled peers.
Women with disabilities are also less likely to follow the recommended guidelines for getting their mammogram.
Click here for more statistics on women’s health and disabilities in Arkansas from the Disability and Health Program (PDF).
Women Be Healthy
Preparing Women with Developmental Disabilities for Breast & Pelvic Exams
If you would like to learn more about Women Be Healthy contact Judy Young.
WBH trainers can check out one of four training kits with all supplies to train 15 women. The toolkit can be checked out and kept for 10 weeks. Remember to complete the form included in the kit before you return your kit.
Breast Care Media Materials
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For Women with Disabilities
- American Association on Health & Disabilities Tips for Women with Disabilities: Getting Your Mammogram
- Breast Health Access for Women with Disabilities
- Accessible Breast Care for Women with Disabilities
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Right to Know Campaign Tip Sheet – English
Right to Know Campaign Tip Sheet – Spanish
- Resource Guide: Mammography for Women with Disabilities in Arkansas
For Health-Care Professionals
- American Association on Health & Disabilities Tips for Mammography Staff: How to Serve Women with Disabilities More Effectively
- Women with Disabilities – Prevention, Diagnosis, &Treatment of Breast Cancer in Women with Disabilities (educational program)
For Developmental Disability Providers
- Oak Hill Center for Relationship & Sexuality Education Breast Health for Women with Intellectual Disabilities Curriculum www.oakhillcrse.org/breast_health
- The North Carolina Office on Disability & Health developed Women Be Healthy a curriculum for women with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities teaching reproductive health and breast cancer screenings. www.fgp.unc.edu/~ncodh/WomensHealth/index.cfm
- The North Carolina Office on Disability & Health developed a Breast Health Care brochure for women with intellectual disabilities. to order copies go to: www.fpg.unc.edu?~ncodh/Publications.cfm