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Gays have higher cancer risk?

Gay men are nearly twice as likely to report that they've had cancer as heterosexual men, according to a US health survey published in Cancer.

Jef Akst
Jef Akst

Jef Akst is managing editor of The Scientist, where she started as an intern in 2009 after receiving a master’s degree from Indiana University in April 2009 studying the mating behavior of seahorses.

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Gay men are nearly twice as likely to report that they've had cancer as heterosexual men, according to a US health survey published in Cancer. Lesbians and bisexual female cancer survivors also report more health problems than heterosexual women in remission. Why such statistics would vary with sexual orientation, however, remains unclear, says study author Ulrike Boehmer of the Boston University School of Public Health. It could be that more gay men are diagnosed with cancer, for example, or that more gay men are surviving to tell about it. (Hat tip to FierceBiotech)

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