National LGBT Cancer Network

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The National LGBT Cancer Network (formerly called "The LGBT Cancer Project") is a nonprofit organization launched in September 2007. It is one of the first programs in the United States that addresses the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) cancer survivors and those at risk and the only one founded and directed by members of the LGBT community. The Network was founded by Liz Margolies, LCSW.[1]

Establishment

There are a number of local lesbian cancer programs and one national lesbian health organization, [3] on cancer risks and survivorship experiences of the LGBT community [and links to resources for both LGBT people and health professionals.

The Network's goals are

  1. Educating LGBT people about their increased cancer risks and the importance of screening/early detection
  2. Training healthcare providers to offer more culturally competent.safe and welcoming care to LGBT patients
  3. Advocating for LGBT inclusion in national cancer organizations, research and the media.