Talking about cancer with LGBT communities to address health inequalities in Staffordshire
Macmillan Cancer Support are working in partnership with Disability Solutions on this brand new project geared towards members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities affected by cancer.
The Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2014 showed that cancer patients who identified as members of the LGBT community scored lower in 24 indicators, revealing a much poorer patient experience overall.
We recognise that there are social inequalities for members of these communities and that these differences can have significant effects on patients’ experiences and outcomes. Estimates suggest that there may be 40,000 LGBT people living with cancer in the UK, yet relatively little is known about their experiences of care and support.
Locally, there may be difficulties relating to access to services, suitable literature may not be available, and there is poor recognition of the role of a same sex partner in supporting the patient. Members of the trans community have encountered additional problems of exclusion from routine screening programmes.
Additionally, awareness of specific cancer risks within the trans community appears to be low for both service users and professionals.