Archive for LGBT Cancer

A new report states that African American women’s risk for breast cancer is underestimated when compared to white women.  The formula that doctors use to calculate a woman’s risk of breast cancer underestimates the danger for black women most of the time and especially for those age 50 and older — the age when they are most likely to benefit from screening tests and protective drugs, according to the first major reassessment of the widely used tool. Malecare and our LGBT cancer project calls for research to determine the durability of these findings for Lesbian and Bisexual African American women.

http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/djm223

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A study conducted by the International Lesbian and Gay Association (IGLA) has found that lesbians have the highest concentration of risk factors for breast cancer of any subset of women in the world, as reported by the Sydney Star Observer.

Of the main contributing factors, many lesbians over 40 do not get routine mammograms, do self-breast exams, or have a clinical breast exam. This therefore means the cancer may not be diagnosed early when it is most curable. Read More→

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Robert Eads is a transgender man with cervical cancer. And, Southern Comfort is a wonderful documentary about the last year of Eads’ life. Eads holds on to his life long enough to attend Southern Comfort, an annual convention for transgender individuals, held in Ravinia, Georgia. This convention is where Eads met his “chosen family.”The beauty of the movie lies not in the tragedy of Eads` death or with the injustice he was forced to tolerate, but with the humor, strength and perseverance with which he lived his life.  Southern Comfort” is an independent film directed, produced and edited by Kate Davis in 2001.

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Dec
10

LGBT Cancer Holiday Wishes

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Malecare’s LGBT cancer project, OutWithCancer , marches into it’s third year of service to our community.  Our OutWithCancer LGBT social network continues to be a rich and dynamic  community of cancer survivors.     Our various web sites and publications continue to be fountain of information and authority on cancer issues.  And, proudly, OutWithCancer continues to draw national attention.    Let no one doubt that  LGBT cancer survivors have a national nonprofit. Our work is powerful and conducted with extreme economy.  OutWithCancer is here to stay and grow.

OutWithCancer is focused on us, the diagnosed, the caregivers, the lovers, the friends and the family of all LGBT people diagnosed with cancer.

A warm hug of thanks to all whose spirit fills our work.  And, to you, the inner glow of happiness and well being that OutWithCancer brings to all we meet and help.

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Dec
03

Anal Cancer

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Anal cancer affects men and women, but it has a greater prevalence among men who have sex with men. About 35 in every 100,000 gay and bisexual men develop anal cancer, compared to less than one in every 100,000 heterosexual men.
Anal cancers are skin cancers. The exact cause of anal cancer is unknown.   Read More→

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Nov
29

More on Gay Men & Human Papilloma

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Among gay men, there has been increased concern in the medical community over the spread of both hepatitis C and human papilloma virus or HPV. Hepatitis C attacks the liver and is associated with liver cancer. Spread of the virus through unprotected sex is rare but possible, and approximately 80 percent of those infected exhibit no symptoms. Among gay men, HPV infection can lead to anal cancer. Read More→

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Nov
24

Anal Papilloma

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Anal Papilloma: Of all the sexually transmitted infections gay men are at risk for, human papilloma virus -which cause anal and genital warts – is often thought to be little more than an unsightly inconvenience. However, these infections may play a role in the increased rates of anal cancers in gay men. Some health professionals now recommend routine screening with anal Pap Smears, similar to the test done for women to detect early cancers. Safe sex should be emphasized. Treatments for HPV do exist, but recurrences of the warts are very common, and the rate at which the infection can be spread between partners is very high.

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Hepatitis Immunization: Men who have sex with men are at an increased risk of sexually transmitted infection with the viruses that cause the serious condition of the liver known as hepatitis. These infections can be potentially fatal, and can lead to very serious long-term issues such as cirrhosis and liver cancer. Fortunately, immunizations are available to prevent two of the three most serious viruses. Universal immunization for Hepatitis A Virus and Hepatitis B Virus is often recommended for all men who have sex with men. Safe sex is effective at reducing the risk of viral hepatitis, and is currently the only means of prevention for the very serious Hepatitis C Virus.

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