UKONS support statement on improving cancer care for sexual and gender minorities

7 July 2021

There are approximately 3.6 million people in the UK who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ+) and are considered to be in sexual and gender minority (SGM) groups. The published literature suggests that LGBTQ+ patients continue to experience inequalities throughout the cancer pathway, from screening through to late-effects and end-of-life care.

A recent study in collaboration with The Royal College Radiologists (RCR), Association of Cancer Physicians (ACP) and Royal College of Physicians (RCP) identified low rates of self-perceived knowledge by UK oncologists with regard to the specific cancer care needs of SGM patients. Three-quarters felt that they would like further training in this area and two-thirds thought that the cancer care needs of SGM patients should be mandatory within the postgraduate oncology curriculum. 

Together with the RCR and many other groups working in cancer care UKONS are committed to improving cancer care for SGM patients through ten action points. 

For these action points and for further details on the position statement from the Royal College of Radiologists click here:

Improving cancer care for sexual and gender minorities | The Royal College of Radiologists (rcr.ac.uk)