Are Gay People More at Risk of Cancer?
Los Angeles – A man’s sexual orientation can affect the risk of getting cancer. Recent surveys show that cancer patients among gay men are more likely to be gay than heterosexual men. The survey was conducted recently by Prof. Ulrike Boehmer of Boston University, as part of a larger project, the California Health Interview. At least 120,000 adults were included as respondents in the study. One of the questions in the questionnaire was distributed asking whether the respondent had previously had cancer diagnosed. In addition, respondents were also asked to identify their sexual orientation whether heterosexual or homosexual (same-sex enthusiasts). Of the 51,000 male respondents, 3,700 have been diagnosed with cancer. Quoted from Reuters on Monday (9/5/2011), the ratio of homosexual men who got cancer is greater than 8 percent compared to heterosexual men who only about 5 percent of all male respondents. While in female respondents, who had been diagnosed with cancer reached 7,300 from 71,000 people. But the comparison is not affected by sexual orientation, because in heterosexual women and homosexual or lesbian women the numbers are balanced. Boehmer said the survey did not reveal the difference in cancer risk in homosexual and heterosexual men. But he suspects that lifestyle factors and infection with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) also affect the results of the survey. For example related to smoking and drinking alcohol, gays or homosexual men are more vulnerable to do so because of the stressful social pressure. In addition, because the association tends to be closed, gays have limited access to various health services. But it could also mean the opposite, that many gays have ever diagnosed cancer because it is more diligent health check. Prof Boehmer acknowledged, it took further research to conclude that gays are more vulnerable to cancer.
(up / ir)