Your help is needed by the LGBT Cancer Network

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.

To participate, click here.

THANK YOU.

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!

[via Joe.My.God.]

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  • Gay Men diagnosed with anal cancer are helped with support groups and advocacy by our country's gay men's cancer national nonprofit, Malecare and by our country's leading LGBT cancer survivor support and advocacy nonprofit, Out With Cancer. Out With Cancer has several relevant websites for gay/bi men presenting with anal cancer. The LGBT Cancer Project website at http://www.lgbtcancer.com is a trusted resource for our community. The Out With Cancer survivor online support group for anal cancer (and, all other cancers can be found at http://www.outwithcancer.com .
    Malecare has been providing support for gay men diagnosed with anal cancer since 1999, and for many other cancers, such as prostate and testicular, since 1998. More information from Malecare can be had with an email to info@malecare.com .
    It's important to note that we have little information beyond some statistics around anal cancer and gay men....so no need to panic. When in doubt, ask your doctor. Indeed, don't wait for survey's and nonprofits to act. You...ask your doctor today. Just to be safe, for your self and those who love and care about you.
    Darryl Mitteldorf, LCSW
    Director
    Malecare

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