The Corktown Health Center is presenting a free webinar to address breast and cervical cancer health disparities in lesbian, bisexual and transgender women. The webinar, which is open to medical professionals, health care providers, LGBTQ advocates and members of the community, will take place Thursday, Nov. 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. There is no cost and no advance registration required.
"Women have an increased risk, not because of sexual orientation, but because of exposure to estrogen," said CHC Medical Director Dr. Latonya Riddle-Jones. "LGBTQ-identifying women have higher rates of cancer due to other risk factors within the community or late detection of cancer. Some of these risk factors include tobacco use, drinking alcohol, being overweight (especially after menopause), lack of insurance and lack of access to culturally competent healthcare. This webinar brings these issues to the forefront among health professionals and helps shed light on treatment and care for those who are at greater risk."
In addition to Riddle-Jones, Bethany Hollender, program evaluation consultant for the Cancer Prevention and Control Section of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, will also be on the call.
The webinar will be in the form of a Zoom call. The link can be found by clicking here. The meeting ID is 924 7602 3186 and the passcode is 271198.