We all share something in common: Cancer
Cancer isn’t an equal-opportunity threat. In fact, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals are at a higher risk for cancer than the general population. Unfortunately, living in a society that’s not always GLBT-friendly can cause stress, low self-esteem, depression and anxiety – all of which can contribute, either directly or indirectly, to our increased risk of cancer. The good news is that you’re not powerless over these statistics.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CANCER
- Our higher rates of smoking, alcohol abuse, and high-fat, low-fiber diets contribute to our increased risk of various cancers.
- Despite our higher risk and the fact that early detection is the best defense, we tend to see doctors less often and put off screenings for things like breast cancer and prostate cancer.
- Because we put off screenings, our cancers are typically detected at later stages, which means that the cancers are more difficult to treat and that the prognosis is usually worse.
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