Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Communication Studies

Title

Breast Health, Risk Factors, and Cancer Screening Among Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer/Questioning Women in China

Language

English

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.

Keywords

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

Publication Date

2019

Source Publication Title

Health Care for Women International

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

DOI

10.1080/07399332.2019.1571062

Link to Publisher's Edition

https://doi.org/10.1080/07399332.2019.1571062

ISSN (print)

07399332

ISSN (electronic)

10964665

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