Lesbian and bisexual women share a collection of risk factors that may increase their likelihood of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. Some of these risks include: elevated levels of tobacco and alcohol use, higher rates of obesity, and never becoming pregnant or giving birth. Speak with your healthcare provider about your personalized risk for breast cancer, age-appropriate breast exams and mammograms, and learn how to perform self-exams.
The following are some additional resources for breast cancer prevention and awareness information:
CDC Breast Cancer Home Page
American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Information
The National LGBT Cancer Network
The following Alison Bechdel cartoon comes from a breast self-exam guide created by the Mautner Project, the only organization of its kind in the U.S. dedicated specifically to improving the health (and health care system) of women who partner with women, including lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals.