You know, you work so hard to create the body that fits more closely with your identity. And you want to take care of that body. That’s one way I think about cancer screening — don’t let that work go to waste. Rhys
Did you know that cancer screening rates are low among trans* men, Two Spirit, genderqueer and other gender non-conforming people along the transmasculine spectrum?
We all have a right to quality health care. But it’s true that trans men can face some barriers when it comes to taking care of our health. Still, it’s important to get screened for colon, *chest and cervical cancer. Screening means checking for cancer before you have any symptoms. Screening can stop cancer before it starts or find cancer early, when treatment works best.
So, is cancer screening worth the hassle and discomfort? The answer is yes. Because your health is worth it. Because your body is worth it. Because you have a right to quality, timely healthcare. Because cancer doesn’t discriminate. Because screening saves lives.
*Two notes on terminology:
We recognize that the term “trans men and people on the spectrum” doesn’t cover the full range of transmasculine (that is, on the female to male (FtM) spectrum) and gender non-conforming experiences and identities. For this portion of the website, we will refer to people on the FtM spectrum as “trans men.” We’ve chosen this term because of its simplicity, but we recognize that it has limitations. Please feel free to contact us if you have suggestions or comments on this website, including input on how to be more inclusive.
*A note on terminology: In the trans men sections of this website, we refer to cancer in chest tissue as cancer of the chest, and to the tissue itself as chest tissue. This is because we recognize that many trans men and people on the transmasculine spectrum do not identify as having breasts, feel ambivalent about having breasts and prefer the term “chest” on its own. Although we use this terminology where appropriate, we also recognize the fact that some trans men do have breasts.