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Other Cancers - Men

High rates of smoking and decreased rates of screening, put gay men at increased risk for lung cancer and colon cancer. The higher rate of Hepatitis B in gay men results in a higher rate of liver cancer and gay men are also at an increased risk of Hodgkin’s disease[1].

The high rate of HIV/AIDS in gay men results in higher rates of HIV-related non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Kaposi’s sarcoma. In addition, the survival time of a gay man with an HIV associated cancer is lower than in a heterosexual man with an HIV associated cancer, although the reason is unkown[1].


1. Peterkin A, Risdon C. Caring for Lesbian and Gay People: A Clinical Guide. 2003. University of Toronto Press Incorporated. Toronto, Ontario.

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