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LD & Cancer Screening

Checked: 15-12-2023 by 6 Sandi Littler Next Review: 14-12-2025

Cancer Screening

People with a learning disability are less likely to access cancer screening than the general population, and 15% of avoidable deaths of people with learning disabilities are linked to cancer (LeDeR, 2022/3).

The learning disability screening practitioner’s role is to increase screening uptake in BNSSG for people with a learning disability. If you need advice and guidance about a patient, you can contact them via the Adult Learning Disability Health Service on 0300 124 5888 or

Reasonable adjustments are a legal requirement under the Equality Act (2010) – read more about reasonable adjustments in Cancer Screening.

See Bowel, Breast, Cervical and AAA screening section on remedy for easy read information about each screening programme.

You can also view the population screening timeline poster with contact details for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Efforts are made to ensure the accuracy and agreement of these guidelines, including any content uploaded, referred to or linked to from the system. However, BNSSG ICB cannot guarantee this. This guidance does not override the individual responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer, in accordance with the mental capacity act, and informed by the summary of product characteristics of any drugs they are considering. Practitioners are required to perform their duties in accordance with the law and their regulators and nothing in this guidance should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.

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