Lesbians have higher rates of Breast and Cervical Cancer. This is likely due to not having children and avoiding regular gynecologic check-ups.
There is a higher rate of cigarette smoking among lesbians, thereby creating a higher risk of associated cancers.
Contrary to many expectations, lesbians become pregnant. GayHealth Magazine reports that "Lesbian* baby boomers are now building families at unprecedented rates...Three to six million lesbians are of childbearing age (Five to ten percent of the total U.S. women in that age group). Perhaps a fifth will be interested in being biological mothers during their potential childbearing years." Because they tend to be older than the general population, age is a significant risk factor.
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