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Cancer and the LGBT Community: Special Issues and Concerns

Originally presented on November 17, 2011

Stephanie Blank, MD
New York University School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Division of Gynecologic Oncology.

Cristina Moldow, LMSW
Lesbian Cancer Initiative Coordinator The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of New York City

Approximately 10% of the population is estimated to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).  This population exhibits higher rates of cancer-related morbidity and mortality due to certain risk behaviors, nulliparity, hormone use, changed body image following gender reassignment surgery and decreased access to preventive, screening and therapeutic services. Participants will receive an overview of the barriers to care encountered by members of the LGBT community affected by or at risk for cancer and information and resources to better address these barriers and provide culturally sensitive, appropriate services to this population.

Program Objectives:
After watching this broadcast participants will be able to:

  • Identify barriers to health care faced by those in the LGBT community
  • Identify increased risks for cancer among specific LGBT populations
  • Increase knowledge of appropriate cancer screenings and preventive care for LGBT individuals
  • Learn about culturally-sensitive strategies which have helped to reduce barriers to cancer care among this population

This program is offered in partnership with: The New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Chronic Disease Control, Cancer Survivorship Initiatives; the University at Albany, School of Public Health; The Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of New York City; and The National LGBT Cancer Network.