Breast health, risk factors, and cancer screening among lesbian, bisexual, and queer/questioning women in China

Piper Liping Liu, Tien Ee Dominic YEO*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In this study, we examine the health disparities of sexual minority women by surveying 310 lesbian, bisexual, and queer/questioning women (LBQW) in China about their breast health and cancer screening practices. We found that Chinese LBQW, particularly those identified with a masculine gender role and practice chest binding, are vulnerable to breast cancer given their high rates of behavioral risk factors (e.g., cigarette smoking) and symptoms (e.g., breast lumps) but low rates of self and clinical breast examinations. Salient barrier (stigma) and facilitators (social support availability, self-efficacy, and breast cancer information exposure) of breast cancer screening were also identified.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Care for Women International
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Gender Studies

User-Defined Keywords

  • breast cancer
  • health disparities
  • sexual minority women
  • gender non-conformity
  • China

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