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Cancer and the LGBTQI community: navigating unique challenges and creating inclusive care

Did you know that the LGBTQI community may face a higher risk of cancer than those who identify as heterosexual?

Discrimination can have a significant impact on the health of LGBTQI individuals. Coping with stigma and marginalisation can lead to unhealthy behaviours, such as drinking and smoking, which can contribute to an increased risk of cancer. And negative experiences in healthcare can lead to delayed in diagnosis and treatment.

In the latest episode, Mandi Pratt-Chapman from the George Washington Cancer Center sheds light on the microaggressions and other barriers faced by LGBTQI community in accessing cancer services.

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