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The LGBT Community and Prostate Cancer

Members of the LGBT community can have unique experiences with prostate cancer, and ZERO is here to help. Additionally, our partner, Malecare, has a network of support groups and social workers who specialize in helping LGBT people through their prostate cancer journey.

I am a gay or bisexual man

Gay and bisexual men have no increased risk of prostate cancer as compared to straight men. Neither oral nor anal sex increases the risk of prostate cancer.

However, studies have shown that gay and bisexual men are more negatively impacted by the side effects of prostate cancer than straight men are. The impact on intimacy for gay and bisexual men is particularly profound. Talking with your partner about erectile dysfunction and utilizing the resources available through Malecare may help you navigate these difficulties.

I am a transgender woman

Although prostate cancer is often described as a male cancer (including on this website), the reality is that anyone who was born with a prostate can develop prostate cancer. We’re still learning about the impact that transitional hormones and surgery can have on the risk of prostate cancer. If you have a doctor you trust, that is the best person to talk to about your specific risk.

It can be emotionally difficult to have a male-associated cancer as someone who does not identify as male, especially since most prostate cancer support groups and resources are targeted at men. Consider building a support network of friends, family, or counselors with whom you feel comfortable discussing your prostate cancer diagnosis. Malecare can also connect you with social workers who can help you.

Although the ZERO website uses male terms and pronouns, they are not meant to exclude transgender women or gender-nonconforming individuals. If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, take a look at the rest of our Learn section to gather more information about the disease.

Being out to your doctor

Having a doctor with whom you can be open about your sexual orientation or gender identity is important. Because prostate cancer can affect gay men and transgender women differently than cisgender or straight men, being out to your doctor can help you get the best possible treatment. You can find resources for coming out to your doctor at Out for Health or consult the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association’s online Provider Directory.

 

Resources: 10 Things the LGBT Community Should Know About Prostate Cancer

Gay Men and Prostate Cancer Support Group