Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (05.07.12) - Monday, May 21, 2012
Most states now offer LGBT-friendly screening facilities for
those with or at-risk for cancer, according to a new directory
made available by the National LGBT Cancer Network.
Liz Margolies, the network's executive director, said
facilities were included if they have "proven cultural
competence in respecting the bodies, histories, and families
of LGBT patients." The hope is to expand the list so that
every lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person in the
United States is within driving distance of a safe and
affordable screening site, she said.
"These facilities stand out from other medical facilities that
conduct cancer screenings, at which LGBT patients often face a
combination of ignorance and discrimination in accessing
health care," said Margolies, noting one in five transgender
persons has been turned away by a health care provider.
The resource includes a number of facilities that do not
require health insurance, Margolies added. This is important
because a number of people in the LGBT community are
"As a population, LGBT people are at increased risk of cancer,
not due to any physiological differences, but behaviors, many
of which result from the stress of living as sexual and gender
minorities in this country," Margolies said.
To access the listing, visit http://cancer-