The Right To Know CampaignBreast Cancer Screening
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. And living with a disability does not make you immune. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, learn the facts about breast cancer and why screening should be a regular part of your health care.
In the United States in 2008, women with a disability aged 50-74 reported a lower rate of mammography use than women without a disability of the same ages (78.1% vs. 82.6%).1
Studies also show higher rates of death related to breast cancer among women with a disability, even when diagnosed at the same stage as women without a disability.2 Having regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer.
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- CDC's Campaign: "Breast Cancer Screening: The Right to Know."
- Free Flyers, Fact Sheets, and Dissemination Guide
- CDC's Disability and Health
- Tip Sheets (PDF) in English [PDF - 687KB] and Spanish [PDF - 674KB]
- Basic Breast Cancer Information
- Breast Cancer Screening
- U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Summary of Recommendations on Breast Cancer Screening
- The Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare
- CDC. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, 2008.
- McCarthy EP, Ngo LH, Roetzheim RG, et al.Disparities in breast cancer treatment and survival for women with disabilities. Annals of Internal Medicine 2006; 145:637–645.
- Page last reviewed: April 15, 2014
- Page last updated: April 15, 2014
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