“Women with Disabilities, of all ages often have difficulty with physical access to health services”.
(Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women General Recommendation 24) Women and Health, in relation to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Article 12) (Twentieth session, 1999, paragraph 25).
This is the case for women with disabilities as it is often a challenge to find an accessible clinic that can endeavour that physically disabled women have successful medical check-ups and mammograms. For women in wheelchairs and on crutches who is unable to climb stairs, it is also important to find a clinic/health care facility that strive to be accessible, e.g has designated disabled parking, an accessible entrance and inside the venue, equipment that is flexible and also medical staff with a positive attitude that has an understanding of your disability and will do their utmost to ensure a successful examination.
Having a disability does not mean that you are exempted from getting breast cancer. The South African National Cancer Registry states that one in 29 women in South Africa will be diagnosed with breast cancer. According to the National Cancer Registry breast cancer is the most common cancer amongst women.
“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. Having regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer”. (Susan G Komen for the Cure)
Breast cancer is treatable when detected early. It is also important for all women to examine their breasts regularly, to undergo medical check-ups and have mammograms done. http://www.cansa.org.za/womens-health/