Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is proud to announce that it has developed partnerships with four public libraries to promote cervical cancer screenings for LGBT community members. This effort is part of a health outreach in public libraries program through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
Through partnerships with the Easton, Bethlehem, Allentown, and Eastern Monroe Public Libraries, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center will host informational sessions at each library about cervical cancer screenings.
Participants can expect to learn:
- What they need to know about cervical cancer
- Common causes and screening recommendations
- Referrals to welcoming providers
The sessions will take place:
- Monday, February 3rd - 10:30am and 6:30pm at Eastern Monroe Public Library
- Wednesday, February 5th - 10:30am and 6:30pm at Allentown Public Library
- Wednesday, February 12th - 10:30am and 6:30pm at Bethlehem Area Public Library
- Tuesday, February 18th - 1:00pm and 6:30pm at Easton Area Public Library.
"According to the American Cancer Society, lesbian and bisexual women seek out and receive fewer routine cancer screenings than the rest of the population. For transgender or non-binary people assigned female at birth but who do not identify as women, there are frequently fears of healthcare discrimination as well as disassociation with gynecologic body parts.” said Jessica LaPorte, Health Programs and Supportive Services Manager at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. “The CDC recommends cervical Pap tests for people with cervixes every 3-5 years depending on age and past test results.”
Adrian Shanker, Executive Director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center added “We know that early detection saves lives. But we also know that LGBT people assigned female at birth are not receiving the preventative screenings needed to detect cancer when treatment is most effective. That’s why we are proud to be able to partner with our local public libraries to educate the community and encourage more frequent screenings for the LGBT population in the Greater Lehigh Valley.”
Developed resources reported in this project are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012342 with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. An additional component of this project was funded through a grant from the Women’s 5K Classic.
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