Wednesday, January 25, 2012

From The Windy City Times - Breast-cancer studies to examine lesbians, bisexual women and transgender individuals

Lesbian and bisexual women as well as transgender individuals will be the subjects of upcoming breast cancer studies taking place later this year.

Currently, Dr. Ulrike Boehmer, a researcher at Boston University School of Public Health, is searching for 600 lesbian and bisexual women to participate in her research on "Variations in Health Needs of Breast Cancer Survivors Study." Ulrike has partnered for the second time with the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation's Army of Women to help recruit women who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, those who have metastatic disease, those with recurrent breast cancer, women with second cancers and women who are undergoing cancer treatment currently. These women will be asked to take part in a phone interview to assess their well-being and quality of care...

In regards to transgender men and women:

Love said the transgender community has the potential to provide a lot of answers to the overall understanding of breast cancer. She noted, "In female-to-male transgender people, they don't actually remove all of their breast tissue usually when they have surgery because it's more of a cosmetic operation than a cancer prevention operation, and they are taking hormones too. They are taking androgens, which we know increase breast cancer. So are they at higher risk? Or, are they at lower risk because they had surgery?"

Regarding male-to-female individuals, Love wondered how age and hormones might affect someone's risk for developing cancer and if there are correlations.

"I got really interested in it when a transgender woman asked me if she needed to get mammograms and I said I have no idea and I looked things up and I couldn't find anything," she said. "In fact, what you ended up with is people say well you've got breasts and you're taking hormones you better have mammograms, well that may not be true. It's a completely unanswered question."

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1 comment:

Caroline said...