While everyone’s experience with ovarian, cervical or endometrial cancer is unique, there are additional concerns facing the LGBTQIA+ community. By sharing the voices of those in this community, we can bring to light some of the hidden biases or challenges in gynecologic cancer care, and begin to rectify them. We fervently believe that to do so does not take away the focus of our larger, shared fight against ovarian cancer. Rather, emphasizing the needs and concerns of specific communities helps to improve outcomes for all.

Gynecologic cancers are disease that affect the female reproductive organs, but can affect people of any gender. Just as the gynecologic cancer community includes survivors of all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic levels, we know that among those living with gynecologic cancers in the U.S., many do not identify as women. Whether nonbinary individuals or trans men, these are people who were born with ovaries and have developed gynecologic cancers.

As an organization, we strive to use language that is inclusive to everyone affected by this disease, yet in some areas, such as reporting on statistics, the data isn’t quite there yet. Thus, there are certain statistics that appear throughout our site and materials where we will refer to “women,” or “female,”— rather than “people” or “assigned female at birth (AFAB),” — to align with the research and statistics that are available.  (For instance, the fact that 1 in 78 women will get ovarian cancer in their lifetime would be inaccurate if it read “1 in 78 people.”)

As the largest ovarian cancer charity in the world, we are here to serve everyone touched by this insidious disease, whether by investing in the most promising research, advocating on behalf of the community in the highest halls of government, or supporting patients and their families as they navigate diagnosis, treatment and more. We hope to serve as a valuable resource for those in the LGBTQIA+ survivor community, through our dedicated online support series, resources, and patient support team. We’re all in this together — let’s find a cure.


  • The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association is a national organization committed to ensuring health equity for LGBTQIA+ patients and health professionals. GLMA utilizes the scientific expertise of its diverse multidisciplinary membership to inform and drive advocacy, education, and research.
  • National LGBT Cancer Network addresses the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender cancer survivors and those at risk. Founded and directed by members of the LGBT community. They host regular cancer support groups for LGBT individuals.
  • Out With Cancer: National LGBT Cancer Project is an online support community for those navigating LGBT cancer survivorship and caregiving. National LGBT Cancer Project is the first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cancer support and advocacy nonprofit in the U.S.
  • Queering Cancer is a Canada based website offering patient stories and information for LGBTQIA+ individuals with cancer and their loved ones. With an emphasis on inclusion, Queering Cancer is committed to transforming cancer care to better address the unique needs of LGBTQIA+ people impacted by cancer.
  • SAGE offers advocacy and services for LGBTQ+ Elders. Though not cancer-specific, it is a great resource on health and aging in the LGBTQ+ community.

Raising Awareness of a Silent Epidemic

Janice Murphy is a woman with many passions: sharing her love of the Great American Songbook, living life to the fullest — and making sure healthcare providers know that ovarian cancer may pose a greater risk for older lesbian women.

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