Colorectal Conditions and the LGBTQ+ Community
The DCI Community Outreach, Engagement, and Equity program recently hosted a discussion on colorectal conditions that disproportionately affect the LGBTQ+ community — including colorectal cancer, perianal lesions and more.
Duke physicians Annapoorani Veerappan, MD (a specialist in general gastroenterology) and Billy Lan, MD (a colorectal surgeon who treats all diseases related to the colon, rectum and anus) discussed prevention and how LGBTQ+ identifying individuals can access medical support and resources for these conditions.
The webinar was moderated by Shaun Jones, a second year MPH student in Applied Epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and Adriana Parker, MPH, an evaluation research assistant with Abacus at the UNC Center for Health Equity Research.
The COEE has planned a series of events to advance equity for the LGBTQIA+ community as it relates to cancer and other health disparities — as part of its ongoing "Conversations with the Community." This event was the second in the series. The first event — "Moving the Conversation Forward: LGBTQ+ Cancer Care Inclusion" — was held on April 5, 2022.