ZERO is a free, comprehensive patient support service to help patients and their families navigate insurance and financial obstacles to cover treatment and other critical needs associated with cancer. Gay and bisexual men have no increased risk of prostate cancer as compared to straight men. Neither oral nor anal sex increases the risk of prostate cancer. However, studies have shown that gay and bisexual men are more negatively impacted by the side effects of prostate cancer than straight men are. The impact on intimacy for gay and bisexual men is particularly profound. Talking with your partner about erectile dysfunction and utilizing the resources available through Malecare may help you navigate these difficulties.
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Editorial note: This article was originally published in August , well before the June ruling by the U. Supreme Court requiring states to allow same-sex marriage. Furthermore, under the Affordable Care Act Obamacare , group and individual market insurers cannot deny enrollment to same-sex couples who are legally married. Thus, this article offers a historical account of laws and policies that are no longer applicable. However, it still remains to be seen whether recent changes in social policy will be effective in helping rectify health-care disparities experienced by homosexual men and women. The main reason why homosexual men and women are at increased risk for colon cancer in the U.
Anal Cancer: The New Gay Epidemic the Media Won't Talk About
According to the American Cancer Society, the future looks grim. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 8, new anal cancer cases in In the absence of national screening recommendations, more than 50 percent of these individuals will be diagnosed at stage III or IV, when five-year survival is less than 40 percent. This creates a major public health concern.
By Ashish A. Cantor For The Conversation. Almost , gay and bisexual men in the United States were living with HIV in , and , of these men were not even aware of their infection.