Breast screening in women with learning disabilities: current knowledge and considerations

Diane S. Willis, Catriona M. Kennedy, Lynn Kilbride

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As people with learning disabilities now live longer, they will experience the same age-related illnesses as the general population and cancer is a prime example of this. In women, cancer screening is used to detect early on-set of cancer of the breast and abnormalities of the cervix which might, if left untreated, develop into cancer. Disappointingly, the literature on cancer screening in women with learning disabilities consistently reports that cancer screening up-take is lower in this population compared to women in the general population. This paper presents a review of 35 articles relating to breast cancer, breast cancer screening and breast awareness in women with learning disabilities. Relevant papers and book chapters were located by searching a number of databases and undertaking hand searches, and includes publications from 1997 to 2007.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-184
Number of pages14
JournalBritish Journal of Learning Disabilities
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2008


  • breast screening
  • learning disabilities
  • cancer screening


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