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

September 8, 2017

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

Prevent Cancer Foundation® shares message of cancer prevention, early detection at United Tribes Technical College Powwow

Alexandria, VA – Compared to other Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives generally have higher cancer rates and lower cancer screening rates. To combat this critical health disparity, the Prevent Cancer Foundation® is spreading the message of cancer prevention and early detection at the 48th annual United Tribes Technical College Powwow on September 8-9 in Bismarck, North Dakota.

The Foundation is joining the Powwow in an effort to reach out to the American Indian/Alaska Native community as part of a focus on cancer disparities. The annual Powwow brings together more than 20,000 people, mostly from the United States and Canada. To better serve this population, the Foundation is partnering with Bismark Cancer Center, Custer Health, Sanford Health, North Dakota State University and North Dakota Cancer Coalition.

The Foundation and its partners will provide attendees with opportunities to receive the following:

  • Blood glucose testing (type-2 diabetes is linked to increased risk of colorectal and other cancers)
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) testing (obesity increases risk of several types of cancer)
  • Skin cancer screenings
  • Colorectal cancer screening take-home kits

The booth will be open September 8, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and September 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

“Cancer is a widespread public health issue for American Indians and Alaska Natives, and in many parts of Indian Country 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 for this community to stop cancer before it starts.”

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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