Subscribe to NDTi News

Thank you for taking the time to subscribe.

Making reasonable adjustments to cancer screening

Posted: 30/11/15

This report is the ninth in a series of reports looking at reasonable adjustments in a specific service area and is an update of a report published in 2012.

The aim of this report is to share information, ideas and good practice in relation to the provision of reasonable adjustments.

People with learning disabilities have poorer health and are more likely to die at a younger age than people in the general population, in part because of poor access to health services. Historically it was thought that people with learning disabilities were less likely to get cancer4 but more recent data suggests they have comparable rates.

There is evidence that suggests a different pattern of malignancies, for example people with learning disabilities are at a much higher risk of gastrointestinal cancer. It is likely that the rates and pattern of cancer among people with learning disabilities is changing as they are living longer.

Read the full report here