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LGBT Populations and Cancer in the Global Context

  • Addresses unique challenges of researching in this area to inform future research efforts across regions

  • Broadens research focus and practices of emerging and expanding field

  • Highlights uneven data availability across the globe among the LGBT population

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. Foreword: Challenges and Opportunities for LGBT Populations and Cancer in Global Oncology

    • Kalina Duncan, Elise Garton, Irene Avila, Sarah Jackson, Brad Newsome, Satish Gopal et al.
    Pages 1-17
  3. Introduction

    • Ulrike Boehmer, Gabriele Dennert
    Pages 19-22
  4. Americas

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 49-49
    2. Cancer Care Challenges for the LGBT Population in Brazil

      • Milton Roberto Furst Crenitte, Ademir Lopes Junior, Leonardo Rabelo de Melo, Thiago Junqueira Avelino-Silva
      Pages 73-94
    3. Cancer and the SGM Population in Canada and the USA

      • Helen Huband, Tae Hart, Ulrike Boehmer
      Pages 95-129
  5. South-East Asia

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 131-131
  6. Europe

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 147-147
    2. The Eurocentralasian Lesbian* Community Perspective on Cancer and LBQ Women: Advocating for More Research and Activism Collaboration

      • Magdalena Siegel, Silvia Casalino, Ilaria Todde, the Eurocentralasian Lesbian* Community
      Pages 149-163
    3. LGBT+ and Cancer in the WHO European Region: Current Situation in 12 Eastern European and Central Asian Countries

      • Yelena N. Tarasenko, Alexander Sasha Kondakov, Vitaly Smelov
      Pages 165-188
    4. LGBT Populations and Cancer in the UK

      • Alison May Berner, Catherine Meads
      Pages 215-257
  7. Eastern Mediterranean

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 259-259
    2. LGBT Populations and Cancer in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: Insights and Challenges with a Focus on Lebanon

      • Brigitte Khoury, Nesrine Rizk, Deborah Mukherji, Ali Taher
      Pages 261-274
  8. Western Pacific

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 275-275

About this book

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) also known as sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations have been the focus of global attention. Most importantly, LGBT populations have been addressed in the context of human rights in multiple reports and other activities by the United Nations and other international organizations. There is great variation among countries in the recognition of LGBT individuals’ human rights. A global focus on LGBT populations’ health is still limited, with the notable exception of HIV research. This book on LGBT populations and cancer in the global context is, therefore, an important step in that it will broaden the focus on LGBT populations’ health.


Globally, cancer is the second leading cause of death. Cancer morbidity and mortality are increasing disproportionately among populations in lower-income countries. A review conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that of the 82% of member states (158) countries, only 35% of the national cancer control plans addresses vulnerable population, including LGBT populations. These findings reflect an increasing awareness about equity when addressing cancer prevention and control, including LGBT populations.

This book addresses LGBT populations’ cancer burden across countries that range from high- to low-income countries to support efforts in diverse countries that are working towards reducing LGBT populations’ cancer burden. It documents place-specific challenges that impede progress towards reducing the LGBT cancer burden as well as critically assesses the variation in cancer control efforts that target LGBT populations and cancer to support progress at a global scale. This book includes six sections that cover the six WHO regions, with each chapter written by an author from the specific region s/he is covering. Each chapter makes use of a template that contextualizes the region, local data collection/availability, risk factors, cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.


  • cancer control
  • cancer prevention
  • LGBT
  • sexual gender minority
  • HIV
  • WHO regions
  • diagnosis
  • HPV
  • access to care
  • public health
  • global health
  • quality of life
  • survivorship
  • detection

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, USA

    Ulrike Boehmer

  • Applied Social Sciences, University of Applied Sciences, Dortmund, Germany

    Gabriele Dennert

About the editors

Ulrike Boehmer, Ph.D. is former Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Boehmer's research interests include health disparities, women's health, LGBT health, and cancer prevention and control. Dr. Boehmer is Associate Editor of LGBT Health and co-editor of the 2015 Springer volume Cancer and the LGBT Community: Unique perspectives from Risk to Survivorship.

Gabriele Dennert, MD, is Professor of Social Medicine and Public Health at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Dr. Dennert´s key research areas are in health and healthcare of LGBTI people, discrimination and health, communication in healthcare, and gender, intersectionality, and health.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: LGBT Populations and Cancer in the Global Context

  • Editors: Ulrike Boehmer, Gabriele Dennert

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-06584-2Published: 22 August 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-06585-9Published: 21 August 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 335

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Biomedical Research, Health Policy, Quality of Life Research

Buying options

eBook USD 139.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-031-06585-9
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 179.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)