BOSTON, Mass. — Gabrielle Milner, a researcher with Harvard University, is engaged in discovering the issues that affect breast cancer and cervical screening usage of sexual minority women (lesbian, bisexual, queer-identified, women with same-sex attractions or same-sex partners).

An online anonymous survey will capture the information needed to flesh out the study. Participants must be at least 18-years-old, English speaking and self-identified as a sexual minority woman. It takes 10-15 minutes to complete.

The research literature suggests that sexual minority women are at greater risk from breast and cervical cancer. The survey will be used to gain a better understanding of the specific factors that contribute to lesbian, bisexual and queer-identified women’s breast and cervical cancer screening utilization.

Questions will be asked about their sexual orientation/behavior and social experiences as a sexual minority woman, including how they feel others perceive them. They also will be asked if they ever have been diagnosed with cancer.

Milner is working under the supervision of faculty in the Psychology Department at Harvard College and a behavioral health clinician at Harvard University Health Services.

Qualified candidates can visit to participate. The site includes a consent form which must be acknowledged.


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