Breast screening: participation of women with intellectual disabilities
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Breast screening: participation of women with intellectual disabilities

Diane Willis University teacher, University of Glasgow

Diane Willis discusses how overdiagnosis of cancer can influence service users’ decisions to take part in screening programmes

The NHS breast cancer screening programme has resulted in overdiagnosis of breast cancer in the general population. For women with intellectual disabilities, participation has been lower than in the general population. This article considers the effect messages about overdiagnosis of breast cancer may have on those who support women with intellectual disabilities in making decisions about taking part in the programme.

Learning Disability Practice. 16, 4,24-26. doi: 10.7748/ldp2013.05.16.4.24.e1422

Correspondence

diane.willis@glasgow.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Accepted: 28 February 2013