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BATHROOMS ARE NOTHING

Discrimination makes navigating cancer a nightmare for a transgender person

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FOLLOWING HIS DOCTOR’S orders, Jay Kallio went in for a routine breast cancer exam in 2008. Though Kallio had been living as a man for two years, he retained breast tissue after his transition, so he continued to receive cancer screenings for traditionally female cancers. A few weeks after the exam, the phone rang. “I’m sitting at home, thinking everything is hunky-dory with this last mammogram, and a radiologist calls to say, ‘I wanted to see how you’re doing with your diagnosis,’” Kallio recalls. “And I said, ‘What diagnosis?’”

FILL IN THE BLANKS: There is a dangerous paucity of data on transgender health issues, and little research, which is why the NIH launched a fiveyear study of trans youth last year.
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