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Launch of LGBT Cancer Action Plan and more! Check out this week’s Wellness Roundup for details!


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Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Susana Fajardo, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stories from the past seven days. For more LGBT Wellness, visit our page dedicated to the topic here.

Queer Youth More Likely to Do Things that Could Cause Cancer

Researchers recently looked at a group of both queer and non-queer young people to find out who, if anyone, was doing things that might lead to cancer. They found that the straight kids were far more likely than the non-straight ones to do things that are cancer-related (ranging from smoking to getting STIs to tanning).

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Launch of LGBT Cancer Action Plan

Building off a historic cancer convening in 2014, a group of experts have written and now published the first ever LGBT Cancer Action Plan, with included recommendations around data collection, care, and education.

Anti-Discrimination Laws Improve Mental Health of Trans Veterans

Want to improve the mental health of trans veterans? Then demand legal protection against hate crimes and employment discrimination. Researchers recently foundthat compared to vets living in states without protections, vets with protections had 26 percent lower odds of mood disorders and 43 percent lower odds of self-harm.

Full Scholarships Available to Study LGBT Health

Calling all current (and future) LGBTQ health warriors! George Washington University is offering full scholarships to their LGBT Health Policy and Practice graduate certificate program. Application deadline is March 15. Share far and wide!

Bad News for LGB Cancer Survivors

New research found that LGB (no T) people are less likely than straight ones to report bouncing back to good health after surviving cancer. They even reported having a history of drug use 2.6 times as often as straight people.

LGBTQ Health Professionals, Trainees Face Big Barriers at Universities

It’s an uphill battle at universities for LGBTQ health professionals and trainees, anew study found. The three biggest reasons? Little recognition of LGBT achievements, lack of LGBT mentors or networks, and hostile working environments.

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