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There are 4 comments on A Silent Epidemic? Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Women Receive Less Post-Cancer Treatment Than Everyone Else

  1. Even this headline is stupid I don’t understand what your saying that people get less post-cancer treatment. So when somebody who is part of the lgbtq goes for any operation they don’t get much post- op attention? This just doesn’t make any sense. What about guys who are in lgbtq when they get cancer do they get less post-cancer treatment as well?

    1. I think that what this study reveals is that there are numerous barriers which prevent the LGBTQ community from accessing appropriate health care services. Not only is there mental health issues due to discrimination which leads to smoking and other substance abuse but they are not being educated on higher risks of certain cancers. Also the jobs they hold do not provide adequate health insurance to pay costs of cancer care. If you don’t feel that your doctor is insensitive to your orientation, you may not wish to return and maybe no one reaches out to you for follow up. It’s a systemic problem which needs to change.

  2. What is preventing the LGBTQ communities from making lifestyle changes to help prevent cancer? Is the larger issue not that data regarding sexual orientation is being collected, but that the LGBTQ communities have a higher rate of obesity/smoking/alcohol use?

    Also, the title seems misleading. Are you saying that doctors and hospitals are refusing to provide post-op treatment based on the patient being LGBTQ? Or are you referring to specific religious doctors who do so based on personal beliefs, in which case they would get destroyed in court and no hospital in their right mind would have that doctor practicing there.

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