Journal article

Breast cancer surveillance in women with intellectual disabilities

DS Willis, CM Kennedy, L Kilbride, D Satgé, SG Sullivan

International Journal on Disability and Human Development | Published : 2008


Breast cancer is the most frequent malignant neoplasm observed among women. For the subgroup of women with learning/intellectual disability, it is unclear whether their risk for breast cancer is as high as it is for the general population. Objective: Evaluation of breast cancer frequency and breast cancer screening in women with learning disability, focusing on Down syndrome. Method: Review of the literature. Results: The rather scant literature on the topic suggests women with learning disability may have the same or lower risk of breast cancer. The subgroup of women with Down syndrome has a lower risk of breast cancer. The absence of adequate, good-quality epidemiological data on this topi..

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