Fake news putting 50,000 lesbian, gay and bisexual women at risk of cancer

Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual women urged to book a cervical screening appointment

The NHS has warned the belief that LGB women are not at risk of cervical cancer is not true, which has created a dangerous screening gap.

The common belief that lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) women are not at risk of cervical cancer is fake news that has created a dangerous screening gap, the NHS has warned today.

Up to 50,000 lesbian, gay and bisexual women have never been for a cervical cancer screening test because they wrongly think they are not at risk.

However, any sexual activity can pass on the virus which causes the vast majority of cervical cancers, Dr Michael Brady warned.

Analysis of data from the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Foundation has revealed that nearly one in five – 19% – of LGB women who are eligible for cervical screening has never been to an appointment.

Speaking at the Royal Society of Medicine’s ‘Pride in Medicine’ event later today (Saturday), NHS national advisor for LGBT health Dr Brady will say the figures are “a major concern”, and will urge everyone who is eligible to come forward and get screened.

An estimated four out of five cases of cervical cancer, 83%, could be prevented if everyone attended regular screenings.

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