Bradbury-Sullivan and area libraries join forces

Straight talk and info about cervical cancer

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Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center 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.

"According to the American Cancer Society, lesbian and bisexual women get less routine cancer screenings than the rest of the population," said Jessica LaPorte, health programs and supportive services manager at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. "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. The CDC recommends cervical Pap tests for people with cervixes every 3-5 years depending on age and past test results.”

Through partnerships with the public libraries in Easton, Bethlehem, Allentown, and Eastern MonroeBradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center will host informational sessions about cervical cancer screenings. Participants can expect to learn what they need to know about cervical cancer, including common causes and screening recommendations, and referrals to welcoming providers. 

Sessions will be held Feb. 3, 10:30 am and 6:30 pm at Eastern Monroe Public Library; Feb. 5, 10:30 am and 6:30 pm at Allentown Public Library; Feb. 12, 10:30am and 6:30 pm at Bethlehem Area Public Library; and, Feb. 18, 1 and 6:30 pm at Easton Area Public Library. 

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.”

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