Gay & Bisexual People and Cancer
The bisexuality community faces additional challenges resulting in health issues that go unaddressed. A healthcare provider might not realize that a male patient is bisexual and should be screened for HPV and the possibility of anal cancer. So, cancer can go undetected. This is why it is important that you share information about your sexual history with your healthcare provider, so they can help make informed healthcare decisions with you.
HOW TO BEAT THE ODDS.
- Share your sexual history with your healthcare provider. After all, the more your doctor knows about you, the better your treatment. (They’re on your side.)
- Get a preventative physical every year.
- If you are experiencing any symptoms or changes in your body, see your healthcare provider.
- Know your family history.
- Quit smoking. For information on how to quit, click here (link to SmokeFree GLBT section of site.)
The Center is here to help with programs and activities designed to give you the information you need.
- The most important step you can take to avoid cancer is to go to the doctor for regular screenings. Looking for a new healthcare provider? The Center’s database of providers, Link, includes multiple entries for culturally competent physicians. If you want a new doctor, The Center can link you to the best provider for you.
- Healthy Living Programs will offer nutrition and fitness activities in the Denver metro area.
For more information on cancer, visit the American Cancer Society’s Web site