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ACS NCCRT releases brief to promote screening in LGBTQ+ communities

Roundtable describes barriers and outlines action steps to help reduce disparities.

One in six lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, or other diverse sexual orientations or gender identities (LGBTQ+) adults avoid health care due to previous discrimination. At the same time, only 59% of age-eligible people are up to date with recommended colorectal cancer (CRC) screening.

On May 21, the ACS NCCRT released a newly updated brief, Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Among LGBTQ+ Communities, that describes this community’s unique barriers to CRC screening and outlines action steps to support CRC screening in LGBTQ+ communities. The brief is intended for community-based organizations, health systems, and other organizations to use to better understand and serve LGBTQ+ members of their community.

“People who identify as LGBTQ+ face barriers that make them less likely to get screened for colorectal cancer than the general population,” said Emily Bell, Director, NCCRT. “This brief aims to reduce cancer disparities in LGBTQ+ communities by providing clinicians and community-based partners with the tools they need to promote CRC screening at age 45 or earlier if needed.”

ACS team members and volunteers are encouraged to review the brief and share with their partners, especially as we head into Pride Month this June! Share the brief from the ACS NCCRT website.

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