Lesbian Breast Cancer Myths?

By on Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

A study by Dr Suzanne Haynes, (quoted in various contemporary studies) attempted to identify some factors that could increase the risk of breast cancer for lesbian women. She based her results on the information available at the time which was sourced from interviews with lesbians who frequented gay bars in the 1950s, a time from which many of the ‘stereotypical traits’ of dykes originated, notably obesity, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking. Many of these ‘attributes’ of lesbians are now very dated! Lifestyles have changed. Breast cancer studies of the general population have suggested that excessive alcohol and obesity may contribute to the development of breast cancer but these days, it seems unlikely that lesbians, as a group, can be singled out as having a greater risk due to these factors.   What do you think?  Leave a comment with your thoughts.

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