January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and until now, it has been a challenge for many in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community to receive proper screening for various reasons.
The cure rate for cervical cancer is relatively high, but many women are still dying from the disease due to lack of screening and the ramped-up spread of HPV. This statistic may be even higher for women within the LGBT population.
Many LGBT individuals and their families face many barriers when it comes to healthcare and cancer prevention. The disparity and the risk exist for many reasons:
Unfortunately, lesbians and bisexual women are 10 times less likely than heterosexual women to be screened for cervical cancer. But with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many women will be able to receive annual Pap smears, along with ongoing education.
The ACA will ensure that these women receive the necessary medical care so that:
Do you find that the LGBT community is underserved when it comes to cancer prevention and screening? What has your facility done to make an impact?