A cancer diagnosis has a profound effect on everyone, including the patient, family, friends and community. At Norton Healthcare, we know that LGBTQ+ patients can face unique challenges and health disparities. We work to provide compassionate care that treats the whole person, not just the cancer.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has regularly recognized Norton Cancer Institute, along with Norton Healthcare’s five hospitals, as an LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader, based on our approach to, and practices for, the LGBTQ+ community.
LGBTQ+ Risk for Cancer
LGBTQ+ patients are at a higher risk for certain types of cancers such as breast cancer, lung cancer, anal cancer and skin cancer. Norton Healthcare provides innovative treatments to LGBTQ+ patients challenged with cancer, as well as compassion and support to their families and loved ones.
In addition, cancer screening rates may be lower in LGBTQ+ community due to past negative health care experiences. It is important to discuss appropriate cancer screening with your health care provider. Mammograms, cervical cancer screening and anal pap tests are some of the important cancer screening tests. For certain patients, lung cancer screening may be appropriate.