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Eastside Women's Health Center
13128 Totem Lake Blvd NE Suite 204 Kirkland, WA 98034
Phone: (425) 836-6847 Fax (425) 896-7282
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In July 2015 the World Health Organization (WHO) published a report that highlights significant health risks that the global transgender community face. In particular, trans men and those who identify on FTM spectrum who retain the genitalia they are born with, are at a measurably higher risk of cervical, ovarian, and uterine cancer. Due to stigma, social exclusion, bigoted healthcare access many do not regularly receive gynecological examinations, including breast or chest exams.

The WHO report is further substantiated by the findings of the 2012 National Transgender Discrimination Survey which found that nearly half (48%) of trans men report postponing or avoiding preventative care out of fear of discrimination. That same report found that one in five trans men refuse healthcare because doctors and health workers refer to them as “the wrong gender.”

According to the National LGBT Cancer Network, although ovarian cancer is a relatively rare disease, it accounts for a disproportionate number of deaths among transgender men because the cancer is often already at an advanced stage when finally diagnosed. In fact, if detected early, ovarian cancer is a highly treatable disease.

It is our priority to better serve our Transgender/Genderqueer/ Gender Non-conforming Community. Through consistent competency training of our entire staff, we strive to create a healthy and safe environment to serve the transgender community. We are always searching of ways in which our health center can work towards the eradication of social injustice and to treat individuals and their families with respect. It is our mission to create and maintain an accessible sanctuary that starts the conversation with using language most comfortably fits you. From there we ask, “How can we serve you?” From that, we can formulate the plan, and keep the conversation of healing and health going.

Specific screening/management plans can be discussed with your provider, but the following suggestions may include but are not limited to: