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Ensuring nurses feel confident providing LGBT cancer care

Our series on how cancer affects different patient demographics focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people
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Our series on how cancer affects different patient demographics focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people

Disparities still remain for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people with cancer in terms of their access to assessment, diagnosis and treatment compared with heterosexual communities.

Furthermore, there is a lack of information about how many people with cancer in the UK are from the LGBT community.

The most recent data for this patient group, covering only England, aligns with NHS England's 2013 National Cancer Patient Experience Survey. Of 68,737 respondents 0.7% (425) identified as gay or lesbian, 0.2% (143) identified as bisexual and 0.5% (288) stated other, the report shows.

Common cancers among LGBT communities

Premenopausal lesbian and bisexual women have a higher risk

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