October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and lesbians should be aware that we are at a higher risk of getting breast cancer than straight women. It's not because we sleep with women, but rather, lesbians seem to have more risk factors that contribute to breast cancer than straight women, such as drinking, smoking, obesity and having never birthed a child. Some of these risk factors, like drinking and smoking, might the be result of dealing with the stigma of being lesbian. Also, lesbians are less likely to have health insurance or may be uneasy with a health care system that is homophobic.
Getting screened for breast cancer is especially important for lesbians. Why not make an appointment today? And learn about what you can do to stay healthy and reduce your risk of breast cancer.
© Moi Cody