LGBTQ+ with breast cancer

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A breast cancer diagnosis is scary for anyone, but as someone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or non-binary it can feel even scarier.


In this section, find tailored information and practical tools to help you understand disparities in care and research for LGBTQ+ people, how your diagnoses may impact your emotions, body image, and sexual life, and some of the challenges you may face during treatment. Plus, find opportunities for connection and comfort in the real stories of LGBTQ+ people living with breast cancer.


Quick facts

  • 1 million. The number of LGBTQ+ cancer survivors in the country today (National LGBT Cancer Network, 2020)
  • 7 types of cancer disproportionately impact LGBTQ+ people, including anal cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and uterine cancer (
  • Transgender individuals are significantly less likely to be screened for breast and colorectal cancer compared with cisgender individuals (AACR, 2021)

VIDEO: Parenting with early-stage breast cancer

When Emily was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer at age 35, she and her wife, Jess, had to make decisions about when and how to tell their kids. Emily shares how they have navigated communication, including their daughter’s concerns about her own health.


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Reviewed and updated: June 1, 2023

Reviewed by: LBBC Staff


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