Gay Men at Twice The Risk of Cancer As Straight Men

What is it about being gay that nearly doubles the risk of cancer in men? Increased exposure to HPV via anal sex? Brain rot from those gay blogs that just have a bunch of boys in their underwear? Hesitance to see a doctor when something may be wrong?

A large study in California released Monday found that cancer may be nearly twice as prevalent among gay men as among straight men.

The study relied on self-reported data from the California Health Interview survey, the largest state survey of its kind in the United States, and included more than 120,000 people over three years: 2001, 2003 and 2005.

A total of 3,690 men reported a cancer diagnosis as adults. Gay men were 1.9 times as likely as straight men to have been diagnosed with cancer, said the study published in the peer-reviewed journal Cancer.

Ladies, you can relax. The study found no increased cancer rates among lesbian women compared to heterosexual women. It’s also worth noting that the study relied on cancer survivors self-reporting. Further research is needed to determine the specifics of why gays are all…gay for cancer.

Let’s get on that right away, please.


  • Anonymous

    I would like to know what kind of cancer. There are certain cancers that occur as a result of HIV (supposees sarcoma- sp?), there are also certain cancers that occur due to HPV.

    I would also like to add that gay men endure high levels of stress. Stress sends cortisol and adrenaline into our bodies. Both chemicals sustain tumors.

  • Kaposi’s sarcoma is a cancer caused by herpes virus and is seen in immunocompromised individuals usually. The occurrence of cancer in men due to HPV infection is probably minimal since research shows penile and anal cancer caused by HPV infection is low. This really interests me and I’d like to know more.

  • Just because the reported incidence is higher doesn’t mean that the total incidence is higher, only that gays were twice as likely to SURVIVE. That usually means that they went to the doctor more quickly, got the diagnosis, treated it aggressively, and survived, whereas guys whose manhood is threatened by disease held out going to see a medical professional until there were no treatment options left. That’s the half of straight men who didn’t make it to the other side of survivorship.

  • Anonymous

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  • Richard

    Kaposi’s sarcoma – a rare cancer caused by a viral infection. The virus responsible is so weak that it only infects people with compromised immune systems, like people with advanced HIV infection.

  • Richard

    Don’t forget LGBT people are more likely to smoke cigarettes than their straight counterparts.

    Also, all people have cancer cells in them at all times. It’s just a matter of their immune systems being strong enough to recognize and kill them before they spread.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe Gay men are just more likely to live to tell about it?

    All right, yeah, that was bad. I’m sorry.

  • Carlin Jacoby

     Could it be from over exposure to semen?  Somewhere in the immune system there operates a response to it as a foreign substance. And sinse in the dominate culture males “battle” males for breading rites the body still reacts on the level. In gay men their immune systems have not caught up with the demand of all that semen. And in some men that system goes a little haywier and produces cancer cells. I’d like to know if the semen is deposit on the shin in masturbation or in the mouth in oral sex or in the rectum.