Gay Men and Cancer
Gay men smoke at a rate double that of the general population – and that can increase not only the risk of lung cancer, but the risk of colon and anal cancer. Prostate cancer is also one of the leading cancers among all men.
HOW TO BEAT THE ODDS.
- Know your family history.
- Get a preventative physical every year.
- Come out to your healthcare provider.
- Ask your healthcare provider for an HPV (human papillomavirus) test, which screens for anal cancer.
- If you are experiencing any symptoms or changes in your body, see your healthcare provider.
- Quit smoking. For information on how to quit, click here (link to SmokeFree GLBT section of site.)
- Maintain a healthy weight.
The Center is here to help with programs and activities designed to give you the information you need.
- The most important step you can take to avoid cancer is to go to the doctor for regular screenings. Looking for a new healthcare provider? The Center’s database of providers, Link, includes multiple entries for culturally competent physicians. If you want a new doctor, The Center can link you to the best provider for you.
- Healthy Living Programs will nutrition and fitness activities in the Denver metro area.
For more information on cancer, visit the American Cancer Society’s Web site.