Ryan Zinone

Ryan Zinone

PI: Gilbert Gonzales, PhD, Department of Health Policy

Cancer Disparities among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adults: An Analysis of the 2013-2015 National Health Interview Surveys

Previous research found disparities in healthcare and health risk factors among the lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) population. However, previous population-based research has not focused on disparities in cancer outcomes among the LGB population due to data limitations. This study investigates differences in cancer outcomes among a nationally representative sample of the LGB population using data from the 2013-2015 National Health Interview Surveys, which were conducted annually by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) within the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Specifically, we look at overall cancer prevalence rate and prevalence rates for specific cancer diagnoses, including cancer of the lung/bronchus, colon/rectum, breast, cervix, prostate, and so on. [Insert primary results]. [Insert primary conclusion(s)]. This study serves to better characterize the health characteristics of and disparities among a vulnerable population. Further health disparities research should be conducted on cancer in the LGB population in these United States and to identify the best practices for treating cancer in the LGB population.