It seems to me that, in spite of all the fears and the risks and the barriers, we have to get ourselves checked out. Our health is important. Shoshana
Did you know that cancer screening rates are low among trans* women, Two Spirit, genderqueer and other gender non-conforming people along the transfeminine spectrum? And yet, several factors put us at higher risk for colon, breast and cervical cancer.
It’s true: trans people can face several barriers to getting screened. But it’s equally true that we need to get screened for colon, breast 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 screening saves lives.
*We recognize that the term “trans women and people on the transfeminine spectrum” doesn’t cover the full range of transfeminine (that is, on the male to female (MtF) spectrum ) and gender non-conforming experiences and identities. For this portion of the website, we will refer to people on the MtF spectrum as “trans women.” 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.