Breast screening guidelines should be adapted in Down's syndrome

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7346.1155 (Published 11 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1155
  1. Daniel Satgé, chief (daniel.satge@ch-tulle.fr),
  2. Annie J Sasco, chief
  1. Laboratory of Pathology, Centre Hospitalier, 19 000 Tulle, France
  2. Unit of Epidemiology for Cancer Prevention, International Agency for Research on Cancer, 69 372 Lyons Cedex 8, France

    EDITOR—Piachaud and Rohde underlined the importance of including women with learning disabilities in screening programmes because of their reported increase in mortality from cancer, although no case of breast cancer was detected in patients with Down's syndrome.1 Patja et al observed that in Finland breast cancer was nearly as frequent in people with intellectual disabilities as in the general population.2 In the subgroup of 1012 women with Down's syndrome no breast cancer was observed, although 3.9 cases were expected.2

    We conducted …

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