Cancer screening for people with a disability

Tell us your experience

We have heard from people who have difficulty accessing cancer screening programmes because of their physical disability or learning disability.  For example, during a mammogram (to screen for breast cancer) some people with a physical disability can’t move their body into the required position, or can’t stay in the same position for a certain amount of time.

This sometimes means the procedure cannot be carried out.  Some people with a learning disability may not understand the reason for the test and can find the whole experience frightening and upsetting.

If you have experience of this, please tell us.  You can ring 01924 450379, or write to Healthwatch Kirklees , Units 11-12 Empire House, Wakefield Old Road, Dewsbury  WF12 8DJ

For further information on all cancer screening programmes, please visit NHS choices – cancer screening

For further information and advice on cancer screening for people with a physical or learning disability, please use the links below:

Breast cancer screening for people with a physical disability

Cervical screening for people with learning disabilities