Pride Month: Addressing and Overcoming Health Disparities for LGBTQ+ Cancer Patients

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Pride Month: Addressing and Overcoming Health Disparities for LGBTQ+ Cancer Patients

Cancer care for the LGBTQ+ community

In this Cancer Community Support article, you'll learn about:

  • Barriers to care

" LGBTQ+ individuals also often face barriers to accessing care within the healthcare system. Cases of discrimination or harassment and negative experiences with doctors or nurses in the past may cause LGBTQ+ people to not seek medical attention when a health concern occurs. "

  • The need to eliminate health inequities

"  According to a 2018 study, gay and bisexual men are about 20 times as likely as heterosexual men to develop anal cancer (Patel et al., 2018). Other studies have shown that “lesbian and bisexual women may be at increased risk for breast, cervical, and ovarian cancer compared to heterosexual women” (American Cancer Society, 2020). "

  • Cancer resources

" Whitman-Walker Health, a leading nonprofit community health center in Washington, D.C., is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of LGBTQ+ individuals. "

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