500-word thesis Revealing the attitudes and opinions of women with a learning disability and their carers towards cervical and breast cancer screening

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Abstract

WITHIN THE United Kingdom, three cancer-screening programmes aim to identify and diagnose cancer at an early stage, which can improve survival and reduce mortality (Foot & Harrison, 2011) of cancer in the cervix, breasts, and colon. Statistics published by NHS Digital (2020) highlight that people with a learning disability are less likely to attend cancer screening, compared to the general population, with a greater difference being seen for cervical and breast cancer screening. The uptake of women with a learning disability (WwLD) attending cervical cancer screening is as low as 27.7 per cent for those aged 55 to 64, compared to 71.9 per cent of those without a learning disability (NHS Digital, 2020), and 42.9 per cent of WwLD attending breast screening, compared to 55.1 per cent, of those aged between 50 to 54 (NHS Digital, 2020). As a resultof the uptake statistics, this PhD programme aims to reveal the attitudes, opinions and knowledge of women with a learning disability, family carers and paid care workers toward cervical and breast cancer screening in England.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Psychological Society, North East of England Branch Bulletin
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020

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