What you can do

We are currently updating our information to help people supporting someone with learning disabilities to take care of their breasts. Until this work is finished, you may find the resources below helpful. 

You can also contact your local health facilitation team or learning disability nurse for help.

Resources

Our Taking care of your breasts mini guide.

Public Health England's Easy Guide to Breast Screening.

The PDF below explains what happens at a breast clinic. You can also order a hard copy version. Email publications@breastcancercare.org.uk

What happens at a breast clinic PDF

Further reading

  • Books beyond words tell stories in pictures to help people with learning difficulties explore and understand their own experiences.
  • Easyhealth Links to information for people with learning disabilities.
  • The easy read health Wales website provides people with learning disabilities and their families with easy to read information on a wide variety of topics on health and well-being.
  • NHS Fife Going for a mammogram DVD – for women with learning disabilities.

Other organisations

  • Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities works with people with learning disabilities, their families and the people who support them.
  • Family Advice and Information Resource is an information and advice service for people with learning disabilities, parents, carers and people who work with them in Edinburgh.
  • Mencap provides information and advice for people with a learning disability, families and carers in the UK.
  • NHS Wales: Breast Test Wales. For women with a learning disability who would like to familiarise themselves with the equipment, staff and surroundings prior to being screened, special appointment arrangements can be made. To discuss the screening invitation visit the website for local unit contact details.
Last reviewed: February 2019
Next planned review begins 2019

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