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Breast Cancer Risk Education Branches Out in CT

July 15, 2010

HARTFORD, Conn. - Lesbian, bisexual and transgender women have the highest risk of breast cancer of all women, and are among the least served by health care professionals. A grant to the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective is targeting these women for breast cancer awareness messages.

Collective breast cancer coodinator Kim Miller explains some of the reasons why this population is high-risk.

"There are higher rates of smoking, obesity and nulliparity, which just means giving birth to few or no children."

The $50,000 grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Connecticut is underwriting outreach to these women. Volunteers are being recruited to send two messages a month to friends and loved ones about breast cancer screening.

Miller says the outreach takes many forms.

"That includes texting and email and Facebook and even phone calls and voice mail messages to spread the word about early detection, about breast self-exam, clinical breast exam and mammography."

Miller says volunteers will also do face-to-face outreach in Hartford, New Haven and New London to women who are lesbian, bisexual and transgender or who have HIV or AIDS. She adds that bias - or perceived bias - in the health care system can make these women reluctant to seek care.

Melinda Tuhus, Public News Service - CT