Cancer screening in women with intellectual disabilities: An Irish perspective

Mary Reidy, Suzanne Denieffe, Sinéad Foran

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In the Republic of Ireland, more than 8000 women with intellectual disabilities (IDs), aged 20 years and over, are registered for service provision. Their health needs challenge preventative health services including breast and cervical cancer screening programmes. This review explores the literature about cancer screening participation rates and issues related to screening for Irish women with IDs. Low cancer screening participation rates are evident in Irish women with IDs; and the women shed light on the barriers they perceive related to the screening experience. These experiences are reflected in the international literature for women with IDs. Further research involving the assessment of the breast and cervical cancer awareness in Irish women with IDs and their participation in cancer screening programmes is recommended. Strategies are required to increase their participation in screening programmes that may lead to the earlier diagnosis with better outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-60
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disabilities
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014


  • Breast
  • Cancer screening
  • Cervical
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Women


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