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Harvard Finds Masculine Boys, Feminine Girls More Likely to Engage in Cancer Risk Behaviors

Young people who conform most strongly to norms of masculinity and femininity – the most “feminine” girls and the most “masculine” boys – are significantly more likely than their peers to engage in behaviors that pose cancer risks, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. The most feminine teenage girls use tanning beds more frequently and are more likely to be physically inactive, while the most masculine teenage boys are more likely to use chewing tobacco and to smoke cigars, compared with their gender-nonconforming peers.