BACKGROUND: Transgender individuals have unique healthcare and information needs when it comes to health conditions, including cancer. For example, a transgender man can be at risk of cervical cancer depending on their use of surgical-based gender affirming care. But appropriate information and health measures, including on cancer prevention and screening, may not be always available.
RATIONALE: Disseminating knowledge on lived experiences of transgender cancer patients may help increase awareness about their unique circumstances, implement better healthcare and social support program, and reduce their cancer burden.
OBJECTIVES: Our goal is to promote conversations about lived cancer-experiences of transgender individuals in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Our specific objective is to organize a free and virtual event that will include a documentary screening and panel discussion on lived experiences of transgender individuals with a history of cancer.
ANTICIPATED BENEFITS: This project will:
1. Initiate our partnership with QUADRANGLE NL
2. Inform the transgender community, healthcare providers, and MUN community about the cancer-lived experiences of transgender individuals
3. Support conversations about cancer prevention & awareness of appropriate social and medical support systems for transgender individuals
4. Strengthen the partnership between 2SLGBTQIA+ community, Memorial University, and NL Health Services
5. Help plan future public engagement and education activities on transgender health
Discipline of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University
Ambulatory health care services