Prevent Cancer Foundation shares cancer prevention message at United Tribes Technical College Powwow

September 8, 2016

by Lisa Berry

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Prevent Cancer Foundation shares cancer prevention message at United Tribes Technical College Powwow

American Indian and Alaska Native populations have higher cancer rates, lower screening rates than other Americans

Alexandria, VA – The Prevent Cancer Foundation is spreading the message of cancer prevention and early detection at the 47th annual United Tribes Technical College Powwow on September 9-11 in Bismarck, North Dakota. The Prevent Cancer Foundation is joining the Powwow in an effort to reach out to the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) community as part of the Foundation’s focus on health disparities and cancer screening.

Compared to other Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives generally have disproportionately high cancer rates and low cancer screening rates. To combat this critical health disparity, the Prevent Cancer Foundation is partnering with Custer Health to reach the AI/AN population at the Powwow. The annual Powwow brings together more than 20,000 people, mostly from the United States and Canada.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation and Custer Health will provide attendees with opportunities to receive the following:

  • Blood glucose testing (diabetes increases your risk of colorectal cancer)
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) testing (obesity increases your risk of several types of cancer)
  • Information on how North Dakota residents can get free breast and cervical cancer screenings
  • Information on smoking cessation programs
  • Free sunscreen and healthy snacks

“Like other Americans, lung and colorectal cancers are the leading cancers among American Indians and Alaska Natives, and in many places cancer screenings are hard to access. This means many American Indians and Alaska Natives are at increased risk of cancer, and cancer may be diagnosed at later stages,” said Carolyn Aldigé, President and Founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation. “We need to support healthy choices and cancer screening and treatment for Indian Country.”

For more information on cancer prevention and early detection, visit www.preventcancer.org.

The Powwow will feature a dance contest, singing contest, buffalo feed and more. For admission prices or more information, visit http://www.unitedtribespowwow.com/.

About The Prevent Cancer Foundation

The Prevent Cancer Foundation is one of the nation’s leading voluntary health organizations and the only U.S. nonprofit focused solely on cancer prevention and early detection.  Founded in 1985, it has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence and fulfills its mission through research, education, outreach and advocacy across the country.

For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org

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