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Breast Cancer Research

Volume 6 Supplement 1

Symposium Mammographicum 2004

Open Access

Equity of access to breast and cervical screening for women with learning disabilities

  • B Dawes1,
  • A Claridge-Lawrence2,
  • M Pearce2 and
  • K Touzel3
Breast Cancer Research20046(Suppl 1):P49

Published: 14 July 2004

This poster presentation pictorially depicts the evolution of a local project that aims to enable women with learning disabilities equity of access to breast and cervical screening. It demonstrates that different National Health Service Trusts can work in partnership to promote access to screening services for women with learning disabilities and shows how networking and joint planning can result in the development of strategies to overcome possible barriers. The poster presentation focuses on the facilitation of an ongoing training programme for carers and highlights some individual projects that have been initiated by participants. The overall theme of the project is that women with a learning disability should receive a positive health message, regardless of whether or not they accept or decline screening.

Authors’ Affiliations

Chelmsford and Colchester Breast Screening Service, Colchester, UK
Colchester PCT Learning Disability Services, UK
Essex Rivers NHS Trust, Colchester, UK


© BioMed Central 2004