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November 18, 2013

Jack Andraka, a 16-year-old prodigy, says being awarded by the Vatican proves how the world has grown to accept people who are gay

Pope Francis has honored a gay teen science prodigy for his work developing a cost-effective method to detect pancreatic cancer.

Jack Andraka, a 16-year-old teen from Maryland, is one of the most brilliant minds of his generation.

He was awarded the Vatican’s International Giuseppe Sciacca Award for his work.

But while he was won several accolades for his ground-breaking science, this award is special.

June 18, 2013

Breast cancer survivor says: 'I actually think it’s the most fearful choice you can make'

Melissa Etheridge is taking issue with Angelina Jolie's recent decision to have a preemptive double mastectomy because she has the BRCA1 gene that increases her risk of getting breast cancer.

Etheridge, a breast cancer survivor, tells The Washington Blade: 'I have that gene mutation too and it’s not something I would believe in for myself. I wouldn’t call it the brave choice. I actually think it’s the most fearful choice you can make when confronting anything with cancer.'

June 15, 2013

Meet the gay teen who was responsible for a major medical breakthrough before he was even out of braces
 

16 year-old Jack Andraka doesn’t think he’s that smart but last year he invented a nearly 100% accurate test for pancreatic cancer that has the potential to save thousands of lives.

A straight-A student since the age of 11 in a public school where half the kids don’t graduate, Andraka’s discovery won him top prize at the International Science and Engineering Fair and $75,000 towards his college tuition – plus another $100,500 in other prize categories.

June 15, 2013

Meet the gay teen who was responsible for a major medical breakthrough before he was even out of braces
 

16 year-old Jack Andraka doesn’t think he’s that smart but last year he invented a nearly 100% accurate test for pancreatic cancer that has the potential to save thousands of lives.

A straight-A student since the age of 11 in a public school where half the kids don’t graduate, Andraka’s discovery won him top prize at the International Science and Engineering Fair and $75,000 towards his college tuition – plus another $100,500 in other prize categories.

June 10, 2013

Lesbian and bisexual women urged to come forward for HPV testing and not to take no for an answer from healthcare professionals

Lesbian and bisexual women are risking their lives because they are not being tested for cervical cancer – and often doctors even tell them they don't need to be.

It's one of the issues LGBT health experts want to highlight as Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust marks Cervical Screening Awareness Week (CSAW).

Other lesbian and bi women believe they may not be at risk – or are worried about being tested because they don't want to reveal their sexual orientation.

January 16, 2013

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week launches to raise awareness of the disease in the lesbian and bisexual community

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week will place across Europe on 20 to 26 January, with the hopes it will raise awareness among lesbian and bisexual women.

The European Cervical Cancer Association intends to use the week to dispel myths about the disease, and to educate on its causes and methods of prevention.

August 10, 2012

Frequent contributor to NPR's This American Life was 47 and had written about his cancer battle

It was just last year that David Rackoff won the prestigious Thurber Prize for American Humor for his essay collection Half Empty.  One of the essays, another shoe, had the author ruminating about his battle with cancer and how there was chance he would have to have his left arm and shoulder amputated.

'There are other extra-functional and non-cosmetic realities I have to consider,' he wrote. 'How does someone without a left arm know he’s having a heart attack, for example?'

On Thursday (9 August), Rakoff died from the cancer at the age of 47.

August 10, 2012

Jay Kallio was not told by his doctor he had cancer and missed his 'therapeutic window' for chemotherapy

A transgender man is speaking out against his doctors after he was denied care for breast cancer.

New Yorker Jay Kallio, 56, a former paramedic who is disabled with kidney failure, rheumatoid arthritis and now cancer has struggled to find proper medical care.

When a suspicious lump was found in Kallio’s breast and tested positive for cancer, the surgeon was allegedly ‘shocked’ about his gender, and then felt he could not tell Kallio the results.

July 14, 2012

In a world first, Australian boys will receive a vaccine against a virus that causes oral, anal and penile cancers in gay men

In a world first, the Australian Government will begin vaccinating boys against strains of the Human Papilomavirus (HPV) that are known to cause cervical cancer in women and oral, penile and anal cancers in men.

Australian schoolgirls have been receiving the Gardasil HPV vaccine since 2007 but the drug was not being subsidised for boys, meaning that a course of the drug was costing parents who wished to immunise their sons many hundreds of dollars.

July 14, 2012

In a world first, Australian boys will receive a vaccine against a virus that causes oral, anal and penile cancers in gay men

In a world first, the Australian Government will begin vaccinating boys against strains of the Human Papilomavirus (HPV) that are known to cause cervical cancer in women and oral, penile and anal cancers in men.

Australian schoolgirls have been receiving the Gardasil HPV vaccine since 2007 but the drug was not being subsidised for boys, meaning that a course of the drug was costing parents who wished to immunise their sons many hundreds of dollars.

June 22, 2012

Gay Justen Schafer tells his story of surviving testicular and colorectal cancer and why he now runs a charity screening women for the disease

Balls, arse, tits and the vajayjay. Sounds like an average night out on the town.

June 17, 2012

Officer Charlie Morgan will attend the event to show why Don't Ask Don't Tell should not exist

A lesbian mother with terminal cancer has become the face of Pentagon’s gay pride.

Army Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan, 47, will join the Pentagon on 26 June to pay tribute to the LGBT service members following the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT).

Morgan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, and underwent a double mastectomy and several rounds of chemotherapy to save her life.

June 10, 2012

BASHH wants gay men to be protected from disease that can cause genital warts and cancer

A group of British medical professionals are calling for the vaccination of a cancer-causing STD to extend to gay men.

Sexually active gay men are the only high-risk group that is not being protected from HPV in the UK, a sexually transmitted disease that can lead to genital warts as well as cervical, anal and other cancers, The Guardian reports.

May 28, 2012

Charity urges lesbian and bisexual women to attained regular cervical cancer screenings

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) in north west England are highlighting the need for all lesbian and bisexual women to attend regular cervical screenings. 

Cervical Screening Awareness Week (CSAW) from 10 to 16 June, is a UK wide scheme lead by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, the UK’s only dedicated cervical cancer charity. 

April 26, 2012

As a new report from Stonewall reveals shock stats around drugs, suicide and discrimination we examine how the health system is failing lesbians, gays and bisexuals

Drugs, alcohol, smoking, depression, self-harm, suicide, domestic abuse, body image issues, eating disorders and cancer risks – when Stonewall put a finger on the pulse of Britain’s gay and bisexual men, it diagnosed a heap of trouble.