As women grow older, they are at
increased risk of developing breast cancer. Evidence suggests that more breast
examinations are being carried out, yet the low incidence of women with a
learning disability attending mammogram examinations is a cause of concern.
This article provides an overview of breast cancer and offers possible reasons
for this low attendance. It also describes the vital role of the learning
disability nurse in supporting a woman who has learning disabilities with
breast screening, investigative and diagnostic procedures, and the diagnosis of
breast cancer. Recommendations on how to increase the number of women with
learning disabilities attending mammogram examinations include preparation beforehand, classes
to teach breast self-examination and the awareness of the healthcare professional
carrying out the mammogram.