Knowing that I’m healthy, or that I don’t have cancer, or that if I do I’ve caught it early enough to be treated — that outweighs the discomfort of getting screened. Debbie
Breast cancer. It’s not something that any of us like to think about, but for many trans women and people on the transfeminine (male-to-female/MtF) spectrum, breast cancer screening can come with particular concerns.
We may have heard different — or conflicting — information about whether or not we’re at risk for developing breast cancer, whether we should be screened and how often, and if taking hormones or having breast implants have any impact on cancer risk or screening.
It can be hard to make breast-cancer screening a priority. Maybe you don’t think you need to be screened. Maybe you’re concerned that you could experience transphobia at the screening facility. Perhaps you’re worried that having a mammogram could be uncomfortable or upsetting. Or, maybe you just don’t want to think about cancer.
Still, it’s important to get screened for breast cancer. This means finding cancer before there are any symptoms. It’s true that we need more good information on breast cancer risk and trans women. But here’s what we do know:
So, is breast-cancer screening worth the hassle and discomfort? The answer is yes. Because your health is worth it. Because your body is worth it. Because cancer doesn’t discriminate. Because screening saves lives.