• Launch of two booklets on Cancer in Gay and Bisexual men

    An Introduction to Male Cancers

    This information is designed to look at some of the cancers that gay and bisexual men are concerned about. It has been informed by gay & bisexual men and includes thoughts and feelings on how cancer has affected them.

    Over 160,000 men are diagnosed with cancer in the UK every year.

    If only 3% of these are gay or bisexual men, this suggests that over 4,800 gay or bi men are diagnosed with some form of cancer annually.

    There are over 200 different types of cancer, some linked with smoking, alcohol and other lifestyle factors such as lack of exercise, poor diet and sexual health. Community surveys suggest that gay men, in general, drink and smoke more than straight men, putting them at greater health risk. There is currently an absence of reliable data on the health needs of gay and bisexual men and many gay and bisexual men don’t discuss cancer with a healthcare professional.

    This means that there is a need for gay and bisexual men to become more aware of the risks of health issues such as cancer, and be more open about discussing their sexual orientation with health professionals to help them understand wider health issues. Although cancer risk is affected by hereditary factors, we can have control over many things that affect our own chances of developing cancer.

    MAKING CHANGES to our lives such as stopping smoking, drinking less alcohol, protecting our skin from the sun, and looking after our sexual health means that we will be healthier and if we become affected by cancer, the success of any treatment is less likely to be undermined. Some cancers present with early symptoms so knowing about these can help us to get checked out and get treatment. However, many cancers do not have early symptoms, so regular alertness to changes in the body is something we can all be more aware of.

    Please remember that cancer no longer need be a ‘life’ or ‘death’ scenario, as many illnesses are entirely treatable albeit with many different treatments and effects. The important thing is to be less afraid of discussing cancer.

    This resource has been produced by The Lesbian & Gay Foundation in partnership with The Health & Wellbeing Service at Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust. We would also like to thank The Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for their support along with Prostate Cancer UK, Macmillan, Cancer Research UK and all the cancer charities and supporting organisations mentioned in this booklet. We’d also like to thank Public Health England (PHE) for many of the images used in this guide.

    Prostate facts for gay and bisexual men

    About this booklet: This booklet is for gay and bisexual men, and men who have sex with men. In many ways, prostate cancer and other prostate problems are the same for men whatever their sexuality – gay, bisexual or heterosexual.

    But if you are gay, bisexual or a man who has sex with men, you might have some specific questions or concerns. We provide information that may be more relevant to you. There’s also information about the support available to you.Everyone is different, so if the information here isn’t what you’re looking for, you should be able to find what you need in our Tool Kit fact sheets and other booklets. If you have any other

    questions or need more support speak to our Specialist Nurses, in confidence, on 0800 074 8383.



  • Male Cancers - launch at LGF Friday 15th Aug 2014 10am - 2pm




  • AUGUST 2014 MEETING - will be on 9th August (not 2nd Aug)

    Unfortunately the LGF Building is having a total electrical survey and PAT test conducted on Saturday 2nd August and we won't be able to access the building - the meeting has been moved to Saturday 9th August 2pm - 4pm - we apologise for any incovenience.



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  • Saturday 5th July 2014 Support Meeting

    Wow! We had a great support meeting today (Saturday 5th July 2014). Jenny-Anne and Debbie joined us. Jenny-Anne’s contribution with transgender issues was beautifully enlightening and Debbie's experience of urology nursing was empowering – thank you ladies.

    We had Michael Skyping in from Walsall Birmingham and Patrick from Dublin Ireland. It was great that each of you got something from fundamentally “listening in” on us (we’ll get the video component mended next month (if you can join us)). Good luck with your treatment Michael.

    Mark had his radical prostatectomy in mid June and was proud to show us his post op collection of “bullet holes” and scar – brilliant recovery Mark – keep up the good work.

    Eddie illuminated our understanding of many issues because of his vast reading of medical journals, his attendance at Pride and his support of our friends at the Birmingham support group.

    It was great seeing Doug again and three newcomers who all contributed to our understanding of the issues that face us every day – incontinence, ED, psycho-sexual issues, libido, support and much more.

    There were twelve of us today – we missed you Sean and Andrew.




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