Can we talk about the facts?

As your friendly neighbourhood LGBTQ health organisation, there’s nothing we love more than a bit of research to back up the stuff we love to share. From cancer screening rates to modifiable risk factors, everything we say and do at Can We is backed up by leading researchers, scientists and other important people with clipboards

Here you’ll find LGBTQ research around cancer screening and prevention.

SWASH Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women’s Health Survey 2016, 2018, 2020

The SWASH survey is a comprehensive survey of important health issues relevant to lesbian,
bisexual, queer and other non-heterosexual identifying women engaged with Sydney’s lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities.

SWASH provides a much-needed local evidence base to inform policy and best practice in healthcare and prevention for chronic diseases including cancer, mental health and wellbeing, sexual and reproductive health, and ageing.

SWASH has been run by researchers in collaboration with ACON every two years since 1996, and since 2009 has been run by researchers at the University of Sydney.


* Polek C, Hardie T. Cancer Screening and Prevention in Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, and Transgendered Community and Asian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Members. Asia Pac J Oncol Nurs. 2019; 7(1):6-11.

** Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2020. Alcohol, tobacco & other drugs in Australia. Cat. no. PHE 221. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 18 June 2021,

*** Hammoud M, et al. (2016). Flux: Following Lives Undergoing Change, Gay community life, drug use, and taking care of ourselves and each other, Report 2014-15. Monograph, The Kirby Institute, UNSW Australia, Sydney Australia; Mooney-Somers J, et al. (2018). Women in contact with the Sydney LGBTQ communities: Report of the SWASH Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women’s Health Survey 2014, 2016, 2018. Sydney: Sydney Health Ethics, University of Sydney.