Women with disabilities usually miss out on cancer checks, says study

Women with physical and mental disabilities are less likely to get recommended screenings for breast or bowel cancers compared to other patients, says a study in the United Kingdom.

Of the one million older women who get called in for either breast or bowel screening, 23% had a disability that affected movement, low vision or hearing, or challenges with daily tasks like dressing, bathing and eating.

Disabled women were 36% less likely to get breast cancer screening and 25% less likely to get bowel cancer screening.

Women with disabilities that affected eyesight, mobility and the ability to take care of themselves were the least likely to take part in cancer screening.

Women with disabilities also have lower education, are less often married or have poor social networks than women without disabilities, all of which are linked with low participation in cancer screenings.

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