LGBTQIA Cancer Risks - Healthcare Guild

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National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Cancer Network

The National LGBT Cancer Network works to improve the lives of LGBT cancer survivors and those at risk by: EDUCATING the LGBT community about our increased cancer risks and the importance of screening and early detection; TRAINING health care providers to offer more culturally-competent, safe and welcoming care; and ADVOCATING for LGBT survivors in mainstream cancer organizations, the media and research.....

Mautner Project - National Lesbian Health Organization

Mautner Project is committed to improving the health of women who partner with women including lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, through direct and support service, education and advocacy.  Mautner Project envisions a health care system that is respectful of and accessible to all without regard for their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Our vision is a society in which all individuals are empowered with the knowledge to utilize these resources and to make appropriate choices for themselves....

National LGBT Cancer Project - Out With Cancer

The National LGBT Cancer Project – Out With Cancer is our country’s first and leading Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender cancer survivor support and advocacy nonprofit organization. Out With Cancer is committed to improving the health of LGBT cancer survivors with peer to peer support, patient navigation, education and advocacy.....

American Cancer Society - Cancer Survivor Network

The American Cancer Society has an on-line cancer survivors network, with one forum dedicated to gay men......Welcome to our community of cancer survivors, families and friends! Our lives have been affected by cancer in ways only those of us who have “been there” can truly understand. We invite you to join today to fully experience all that the Cancer Survivors Network (CSN) has to offer.

Gay Men Talk About Cancer   -----  Lesbians Talk About Cancer

Are Trans People at Increased Risk of Getting Cancer?

Are Trans People at Increased Risk of Getting Cancer?  Not enough research has been done to know whether trans people get cancer more than non-trans people. But there are concerns about: • the association between social/economic marginalization and cancer, • high rates of cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption among trans people, • risk for sexually transmitted infections linked to cancer, • the long-term impact of hormone use.  Additionally, the lack of trans-inclusive information and medical care means trans people aren’t benefiting from cancer prevention services.

The Best Defense Against Cancer Effecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People is Finding It Early

Early detection – finding cancer early before it has spread – gives you the best chance to get successful treatment. All women should see a doctor or nurse on a regular basis and take action to get the cancer screenings that are appropriate for them, as well as make healthy lifestyle choices that reduce cancer risk and help them stay well. Knowing about the most common cancers that affect women and how they can be prevented or found early may save your life or the life of someone you love....

Breast Cancer

The 2 biggest risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and getting older. Women whose mother, sister, grandmother, or aunt has had breast cancer are at higher risk for developing the disease. Being overweight, especially after menopause, or drinking alcohol may add to the risk.3 Women who have not had children and have not breast-fed, have not used oral contraceptives, and are older when they first give birth – all factors more likely to affect lesbians and bisexual women – are also at a slightly higher risk

Testicular Cancer

Most testicular cancers occur in men between the ages of 20 and 54. White men have a higher risk than men of other races. The main risk factor for testicular cancer is a condition called cryptorchidism, or undescended testicle(s). A family history of testicular cancer also increases a man’s risk. Some evidence suggests that men with HIV, especially those with AIDS, are at greater risk.

Anal Cancer

Exposure to the human papilloma virus (HPV) increases the risk of anal cancer. HPV risk is increased by having anal intercourse and many sex partners. Smoking is also a risk factor. Other risk factors include reduced immunity due to HIV infection or other factors, and long-term problems in the anal area, such as fistulas (abnormal openings).

Cervical, Endometrial, and Ovarian Cancer

Cervical cancer can affect any woman who is – or has been – sexually active with a man or woman. It is found in women who have a virus called human papilloma virus (HPV), although most women with this virus do not develop cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is also more likely to occur in women who smoke, have HIV or AIDS, or haven’t had regular Pap tests.

Lung Cancer

People who smoke are at greatest risk for lung cancer, and current evidence suggests that lesbians are more likely to smoke (25%) than heterosexual women (15%).4 Cigarette smoking is responsible for 87% of all lung cancer deaths. Smoking also causes many other tobacco-related diseases, such as heart disease, aneurysms, bronchitis, stroke, and emphysema.

Skin Cancer

People with fair skin, especially those with blond or red hair, are at greater risk for skin cancer than people with darker coloring. But anyone who spends a lot of time in the sun is at risk. People who have had close family members with melanoma or who had severe sunburns before the age of 18 are at higher risk.  Protect your skin by wearing hats, using sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher, and avoiding UV lights, such as tanning beds.

Colon Cancer

Most colorectal cancers (commonly known as colon cancer) are found in people age 50 and older. People with a personal or family history of the disease, or who have polyps in the colon or rectum or inflammatory bowel disease, are at greater risk. A diet high in red and processed meats, heavy alcohol use, being overweight, smoking, and being inactive also increase risk.

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