A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health concluded that youth of same-sex orientation are more likely to engage in behaviors associated with cancer risks than heterosexual youth. Using data from 2005 and 2007 on over 65,000 youth in grades 9 to 12 of which 7.6 percent were found to be sexual minorities researchers evaluated 12 cancer-risk behaviors. These included tobacco use, drinking alcohol, early sex, multiple sexual partners, higher body mass index, and lack of exercise. Results showed that for all of these, sexual minorities were more likely than heterosexuals to engage in the risky behaviors. Researchers said “Sexual minorities are at risk for cancer later in life, I suggest, from a host of behaviors that begin relatively early in life. No sex or ethnic racial group is at greater risk or protected from these behaviors. Overall, the study underscores the need for early interventions.”
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