Data from NHS England shows that people with learning disabilities are as likely to get cancer as the general population.
The South Tees Improvement Group recognise Cancer Screening Services for females with learning disabilities aren’t accessed in the same way as females without a learning disability. For example, uptake of attendance at Breast Screening appointments for females with a learning disability living in Middlesbrough is currently 36.8%. This figure is considerably lower than other areas across England – 39% for females with learning disabilities and 59.9% for the general population.
The aim of the DVD is to dispel myths, encourage females with learning disabilities to attend Breast Screening appointments thereby reducing inequalities in Cancer Screening Services.
The South Tees Improvement Group plan to share this valuable resource with GP Surgeries across the South Tees area as well as Learning Disability Providers. We will ask that the DVD is used as a tool to raise awareness of screening which hopefully will increase the take up of Breast Screening appointments, not only for members of the learning disability community but for the female population living in South Tees.