Cancer Care in the LGBTQ Community

May 18, 2022


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If you have questions, email Ashley Ezzio.

Target Audience

Heathcare providers. 

Series Description

This activity aims to provide emerging cancer-related information and resources about breast and cervical cancer screening and prevention. Participants will gain an understanding of specific population health needs and emerging research in cancer screening and care.

Session Educational Need

The LGBT Cancer Network and One Iowa have found that 12 percent of LGBTQ+ survey respondents reported past negative experiences as reasons for not seeking health care. Studies show that lesbian (74.6 percent) and bisexual women (77.9 percent) are less likely to have had a Pap test in the past three years compared to heterosexual women (83.3 percent).

The 2021 OUT National Cancer Survey by the National LGBT Cancer Network found that 31 percent of cancer survivors delayed cancer screening, follow-up, or treatment. Before being diagnosed with cancer, 29 percent of respondents did not receive recommended cancer screening. Of these, 40 percent did not know about cancer screening, and 35 percent reported their healthcare provider did not recommend screening.

Session Learning Objectives

  1. Review LGBTQ+ terminology.
  2. Review LGBTQ+ cancer health disparities and cancer screening.
  3. Discuss the results from the Out: The National Cancer survey.
  4. Implement best and promising practices and interventions to improve LGBTQ+ cancer care.

Visit the links below to view the other sessions of Save a Life. Make a Recommendation: Emerging Themes in Cancer Screening series. 

May 4, 2022 - Weight Stigma in Cancer Care: Strategies for Improvement

May 25, 2022 - Hidden Dangers in the Mouth: How Dental Disease Impacts the Body

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/18/2022 - 11:00am CDT
Event ends: 
05/18/2022 - 12:00pm CDT

Knoll Larkin, MPH
Director, OCHECE


  • MPH - University of Michigan
  • BA - Oakland University

Max Mowitz
Program Director at One Iowa,

One Iowa is Iowa’s statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization. Max oversees organizational programming, direct service, and community education via LGBTQ training. Max has been active in LGBTQ advocacy work since coming out in high school, focusing on comprehensive LGBTQ education to the broader community as a component of queer liberation. Max specializes in topics related to the trans and nonbinary community, LGBTQ birth work, LGBTQ-inclusive healthcare, and mental healthcare and is a certified Community Health Worker. Max previously served as the Volunteer and Office Coordinator at the Young Women’s Resource Center after earning their undergraduate degree in Ethnomusicology and African American Studies.

Max is part of the Planned Parenthood Speakers Bureau and is a board member for the Iowa Abortion Access Fund, Iowa Trans Mutual Aid Fund, and Planned Parenthood. Max is pursuing their birth and postpartum doula certification and is practicing as a gender-affirming doula, serving Trans and Nonbinary individuals in their gender-affirming experiences as a support system as they navigate healthcare systems, social gender-affirmation, and mental health. Max is passionate about justice and the liberation of all marginalized peoples. Max is a harpist, guitarist, powerlifter, drag enthusiast, abolitionist, and a spouse to Austin and partner to June.

Accreditation Statements

  • MD:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and Iowa State University. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit will be awarded.
  • Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

  • Knoll Larkin, MPH - Speaker
  • Max Mowitz - Speaker

The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only. It is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON


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