African American women with ID need to get screened for breast cancer

By Susan Parish, PhD, MSW
The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, Brandeis University

We know that African American women and White women in the U.S. are starting to get screened for breast cancer at similar rates. But we don't know if that is true for African American and White women with intellectual disabilities (ID).

What did you do in your research?
We looked at the medical records for 92 women with ID to see if they had been screened for breast cancer.

What did you find out?
We found that White women with ID were much more likely to get screened for breast cancer than African American women with ID.

What are the take-home messages?
We need to find ways to help African American women with ID get screened for breast cancer.

To learn more about these findings contact
Susan Parish

Full Journal Article
Parish, S.L, Swaine, J.G., Son, E. and Luken, K. (2013). Receipt of mammography among women with intellectual disabilities: Medical record data indicate substantial disparities for African American women. Disability and Health Journal, 6(1), 36-42.

American Cancer Society Guidelines for Early Detection of Cancer
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Breast Cancer Screening