Breast Cancer: Gender Recognition

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th July 2019.

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Photo of Craig Tracey Craig Tracey Conservative, North Warwickshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking with women who are transitioning to men to (a) inform them about and (b) screen them for the risk of contracting breast cancer.

Photo of Seema Kennedy Seema Kennedy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

In July 2017, Public Health England published a leaflet for people who are transgender or non-binary to help provide information about National Health Service population screening programmes that are available. This leaflet is available at the following link:

The leaflet helps ensure that trans people can access the screening that is most appropriate for them. The leaflet also outlines who the NHS screening programmes invite for breast screening, bowel cancer, cervical screening and abdominal aortic aneurysm screening and includes important information about all four screening programmes as well as how to access additional support and advice.

Routine breast screening is available to both trans men and trans women. It is important that to access this offer, trans men and women are registered at their general practice as a female. A trans man, if registered with their general practitioner (GP) as a man, can still access breast screening if they talk to their GP to arrange a referral. This guidance can be viewed at page six of the guidance available at the following link:

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