Gay and bisexual men ‘more likely’ to suffer skin cancer


Homosexuality goes hand-in-hand with many self-destructive traits, and new research adds weight to that fact.

Gay and bisexual men like having a nice tan, according to a study published this week in JAMA Dermatology, which leads them to indoor tanning beds and subsequently to a notably higher incidence of skin cancer.

Bisexual women — but not lesbian women — were found by the study to have lower odds of getting skin cancer compared to heterosexual women.

Study authors say they believe the reason is vanity. “Sexual minority men have reported higher rates of both indoor tanning and skin cancer than heterosexual men, and sexual minority women have reported lower or equal rates of both indoor tanning and skin cancer compared with heterosexual women,” reads the abstract. “Bisexual men, in particular, have reported higher rates of indoor tanning bed use than heterosexual men.”

To reach their findings, the authors looked at data from 845,264 adults from the 2014-2018 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System surveys.

Through patient education and community outreach initiatives, the authors believe rates could be reduced among gay and bisexual men.

New York lawmakers are pushing to curb tanning-bed use to prevent people from experiencing the associated health risks, including skin cancer. In November, a bill was put forward to restrict use to those 21 years and older to “keep the next generation of New Yorkers safe from these carcinogenic products,” bill sponsor Sen. James Skoufis said at the time.


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