It is well-documented that people with an intellectual disability are less likely than the general population to participate in the currently available cancer screening programs.
This of course means they are needlessly at increased risk of dying from cervical, bowel or breast cancer.
To address this disparity, Family Planning NSW has developed a new website called Just Checking, which aims to provide people with an intellectual disability the right support and information to help them engage with these screening programs.
The website provides a range of resources that will be useful for the person with the disability, including testimonial videos. It also contains valuable information specifically designed for parents and carers to help build their confidence in supporting people with a disability access such preventive health initiatives.
Just Checking is a project funded by the Cancer Institute NSW and although it appears very state-based, the principles of the information are universally appropriate. There’s even a learning program you can undertake that will help ensure the framework of patient-doctor conversations about this issue are appropriate and hopefully effective.
None of the information is likely to come as a major surprise to most doctors but the website is certainly worth a look. Not only is it a useful site to recommend to patients with an intellectual disability, but it will also bring the whole issue of cancer screening in this population into sharper focus, and that can’t be a bad thing.
>> Access the resource here