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Cancer and LGBT People Training Materials - National LGBT Health Education Center
Cancer and LGBT People

Cancer and LGBT People


Cancer and LGBT People

Anal Dysplasia and Cancer in At-Risk Groups: What Providers Need to Know

Originally Presented On: April 9, 2013

Faculty: Lori Panther, MD, MPH, Clinical Director of the Infectious Diseases Dysplasia Clinic, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Medical Provider at Fenway Health, and Associate Medical Director for Clinical Research, The Fenway Institute, Fenway Health

Sponsors: The National LGBT Health Education Center

Anal cancer is on the rise in the United States. Men who have sex with men (MSM) and HIV-infected people have a higher risk of developing anal cancer compared to the general male population. Although the majority of anal cancers are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV)–the same virus that causes cervical cancer–there is no official guidance that promotes routine screening for anal cancer. What can health center providers do to prevent anal cancer in their patients? In this webinar, Dr. Lori Panther reviews the basic epidemiology of HPV, and discusses the signs, symptoms, potential screening mechanisms, and prevention methods for anal cancer that providers can offer their patients.

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Breast Cancer Risk and Prevention in Lesbian and Bisexual Women

Originally Presented On: November 19, 2014

Faculty: Jennifer Potter, MD, Director, Women's Health Program, Fenway Health, Director, Women's Health, Healthcare Associates, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

Recommendations for breast cancer screening are not standardized across organizations, causing confusion for patients and providers. In this webinar, Dr. Jennifer Potter, the Women’s Health Program Director at Fenway Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston will explain how varying screening guidelines can be interpreted, with a particular focus on screening for lesbian and bisexual women (a population group that may have more risk factors, yet lower screening rates). In addition, she will describe the feasibility and acceptability of routine breast cancer risk assessment in an urban, LGBT health center, and identify preventive strategies to reduce breast cancer risk among high-risk women.

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If You Have It, Check It: Overcoming Barriers to Cervical Cancer Screening with Patients on the Female-to-Male Transgender Spectrum

Originally Presented On: July 16, 2014

Faculty: Jennifer Potter, MD, Sarah Peitzmeier, MPH, Sari Reisner, ScD, MA, Ida Bernstein, BA, The Fenway Institute, Fenway Health

Sponsors: The National LGBT Health Education Center

The majority of FTM transgender individuals retain a cervix and can therefore develop cervical cancer. Because of this, national guidelines recommend that transgender men with a cervix follow the same screening protocol as non-transgender women. However, a recent research study found that Fenway Health patients who identify on the female-to-male (FTM) transgender spectrum have over 10 times higher odds of having an inadequate Papanicolaou (Pap) test compared to female patients. In this webinar, experts in the fields of medicine and research will share primary and secondary cervical cancer prevention strategies and will identify strategies that providers can use to address barriers to optimal screening and prevention in FTM patients.

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LGBT Cancer Resources

Cancer Facts for Lesbians and Bisexual Women

The American Cancer Society’s page for information on cancer and lesbian and bisexual women. The page outlines related risk factors around different types of cancer, and offers suggestions for what women can do to defend against cancer.

Cancer Facts for Gay and Bisexual Men

The American Cancer Society’s page for information on cancer and gay and bisexual men. The page outlines related risk factors around different types of cancer, and offers suggestions for what men can do to defend against cancer.

Breast Cancer 

A publication by the Fenway Institute on breast cancer and LGBT health. The handout offers basic information on breast cancer, including how common it is, who is at risk for developing it, what patients can do to reduce their risk, and how to go about getting breast cancer screenings.

National LGBT Cancer Network

The National LGBT Cancer Network is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT cancer survivors and supporting those at risk through education, training, and advocacy efforts. Their website lists the organization’s programs, and hosts cultural competence training, reports, and basic cancer information.

Promoting Cervical Cancer Screening Among Lesbians and Bisexual Women

A policy brief published by the Fenway Institute, addressing the high prevalence of cervical cancer and low rates of screening for it among lesbians and bisexual women. The publication explores risk factors, current policy, transgender men and cervical cancer screening, and recommendations for improving screening practices.

National LGBT Cancer Project

A support and advocacy nonprofit, hosting an online support group community. Their website offers live support, blogs, and articles for LGBT people living with cancer.