We are quite often asked about screening for cervical and breast cancer, so we have provided a little information about this below.
We would like to take this opportunity to stress the importance of people who have Down’s syndrome having the chance to take part in ALL national health screening programmes.
If you, as a supporter/parent, have further questions about any health issues, you can call DSA’s Helpline (Tel: 0333 1212 300). If an information officer is unable to answer your question, they can make a referral to the medical adviser at the UK Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group. Please note DSMIG can provide general advice about health issues but they are not able to comment on individual test results.
There are a number of resources covering these issues that have been produced for people who have learning disabilities. Here are links to some examples:
- Breast care for women
- Cervical screening
- How to check your balls
- Keeping healthy down below
- Looking after my breasts
- Looking after my balls