I saw this post on another blog and I had to share it with you because it's an important topic. I'm sure that you're aware that Farrah Fawcett recently passed away, but did you know that she died from anal cancer?
Unfortunately this type of cancer is on the rise, and not a lot of people are familiar with it. The National LGBT Cancer Network needs your help.
The National LGBT Cancer Network wants to do something about the increasing prevalence of anal cancer in our community. First, we need to find out what people know about anal cancer. We are asking gay and bisexual men to complete a brief (5-minute) anonymous online survey to assess their knowledge of anal cancer. We are particularly interested in hearing from and hope that you will publicize this request through your blog, listserves, website, mailing lists. The more respondents we have, the more we learn.
In the general population, anal cancer is a rare disease, but among men who have sex with men (MSM), the incidence of anal cancer is 40% higher and increasing annually. However, the majority of gay men know little about the disease, have ever been tested for it, or even know that screening tests exist. Health care professionals, too, remain divided on how and whether to screen for it. In fact, a standardized screening protocol for anal cancer does not yet exist.
Please visit the National LGBT Cancer Network, to learn more about cancer in the LGBT community. Gay men are most at risk, so learn as much as you can and talk to your doctor about having an annual anal pap-smear. Yes they have them for boys now!