New Book Examines Global Cancer Outcomes in LGBT Populations.

A new book co-edited by Ulrike Boehmer offers a global perspective on cancer outcomes in LGBT populations that Boehmer calls “a necessary step forward.”  

LGBT Populations and Cancer in the Global Context, published by Springer, is an expanded follow-up to Boehmer’s 2015 book, which was the first compilation analyzing cancer in LGBT communities. Both books incorporate a social-cultural perspective where the person’s identity and position in society are determinants of health that are as important as biological and behavioral factors.

Ulrike Boehmer

While the first book was primarily focused on the United States and had a deliberate domestic perspective, this latest book broadens the scope to include essential examinations of cancer outcomes in LGBT populations across the world.

The expanded look was necessary for several reasons, said Boehmer, now an adjunct assistant professor of community health sciences. Globally, cancer is the second leading cause of death, and cancer morbidity and mortality are increasing disproportionately among populations in lower-income countries. “Addressing LGBT populations’ cancer burden across countries that range from high- to low-income countries is timely to support efforts in diverse countries that are working towards reducing LGBT populations’ cancer burden,” Boehmer said. The new book contributes to the ongoing documentation of place-specific challenges that are impeding progress toward reducing the LGBT cancer burden.

“We are used to thinking about cancer as a global problem, but no efforts have been made to understand how cancer affects LGBT populations in regions or countries that have different legal and political contexts, health care systems, and different levels of economic development. This book fills this gap,” Boehmer said.

By offering a critical assessment of the worldwide variation in cancer control efforts that target LGBT populations, Boehmer hopes it can be used to support progress in LGBT cancer treatment and outcomes on a global scale.

This book includes six sections that cover the six WHO regions, with each chapter written by an author from the specific region they are covering. Each chapter uses a template that contextualizes the region, local data collection/availability, risk factors, cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.

Boehmer is a former member of the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The committee was established to provide advice and guidance to top CDC officials in areas concerning the formative research, development, implementation and evaluation of policies and practices designed to prevent breast cancer and promote the early detection and support of young women who develop the disease.

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