Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month? Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, and living with a disability does not make you immune. However, women with disabilities are less likely to receive ongoing breast cancer screening because of a combination or variety of physical, psychological or accessibility barriers.
That’s why, January 19th, 2011 at 5:30 PM Hamilton partners Summit Independent Living Center, the Relay for Life, and the Montana Disability and Health Program will be holding the kick off for the Relay for Life, and for Montana’s media show “Every Woman Matters” in conjunction with CDC’s Right To Know campaign. The exhibit features portraits and stories of 12 women with disabilities from the state of Montana, some of which are breast cancer survivors, all of which are advocates. There will also be resources available to help you and your health care provider make the best of your mammogram experience as a woman with a disability. The event will be held in the Marcus Daily Memorial Hospital conference room. Take the time to know the facts about breast cancer and why you need to make screening a regular part of your health care.
If you would like to get involved with bringing the project to Hamilton, or you would like more information, please contact: Mary Millin at 363-5242 or Deena Boyd at 363-3521
“Every woman counts, everyone is important. Every woman has the right to get the screenings they need; every woman matters!” Connie Leveque, Disability Advocate, MILP, Helena MT.