Cervical Cancer Screening in Transgender Men and Non-Binary People with a Cervix
Keywords:Transgender health, Cervical cancer, Cancer screening, Reproductive health
Mortality from cervical cancer is projected to decline over the next several years; however, this estimate relies on the inclusion of all eligible individuals in screening processes. This requires a robust understanding of barriers to routine screening, especially in at-risk populations such as transgender men and those who identify across a trans-masculine spectrum. Barriers include miseducation surrounding screening protocols, distrust in the healthcare system and histological inadequacy of samples obtained. These barriers can be addressed through proper education of both practitioner and patient, appropriate signage and outreach, and adjustments to clinical practices to meet evolving guidelines.