Monday, December 7, 2009

Research on LBTQ women's attitudes toward cancer

We received the following notice from Outreach:

Ashley Mills, a Genetic Counseling student at Mount Sinai in New York , is conducting a research study survey which aims to understand cancer beliefs and attitudes, in addition to family history communication in the LGBTQ community. The survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous.

There have been few opportunities to investigate cancer beliefs and attitudes in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) female communities. The purpose of this study is to understand and analyze views on cancer and family communication in the female LGBTQ communities. The intended goal is to use the information analyzed to give health care professionals, such as genetic counselors, greater insight of community beliefs and attitudes in order to better serve and understand their patients who identify as LGBTQ. Addressing risk assessment, cancer worry and family history are the key components of cancer genetic counseling, with the goals of both addressing patient's psychological needs and influencing risk-reducing behaviors. Therefore, such insights could be useful for improving education, cultural competency, communication and appropriate clinical care.

Your participation is much appreciated! In order to participate, you must be female, over age 18.

You can find the survey online by simply clicking on the link below:

If you have any questions, at any time, or want to discuss any study-related concerns, please contact Ashley Mills at (212)241- 9414 or

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