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Within the last 30 years, cancer has become the third leading cause of death for American Indians and Alaska Natives of all ages and is the second leading cause of death among American Indians aged 45 and over. Within the last few generations cancer has also become the leading cause of death for Alaska Native women and is the second leading cause of death among American Indian women. In recent years, education and research initiatives have focused on culturally competent ways to address this growing concern within Indian Country.

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General Resources

  • American Cancer Society Logo American Cancer Society
    This is a comprehensive site for all kinds of cancer information from a non-profit organization. There is prevention, early detection, and treatment information as well as links to support groups and local organizations and resources.

  • Mayo Clinic – Native American Programs   Mayo Clinic Logo
    The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center sponsors initiatives to address the high incidence of cancer in AI/AN populations. Native Circle is a resource center providing cancer-related materials to health-care professionals and lay people involved in education, care and treatment. Spirit of Eagles Native Leadership Initiative on Cancer takes a comprehensive approach to cancer control through partnerships with the Network for Cancer Control Research. Native WEB provides on-site training to nurses for the early detection of breast and cervix cancer.

  • MedlinePlus® – Cancer (General)   MedlinePlus Logo
    Links to evaluated consumer health information are offered on MedlinePlus. Besides the general cancer page there are also pages for Cancer Alternative Therapy, Cancer Chemotherapy and Cancer – Living with Cancer and pages for specific kinds of cancer like liver cancer or lung cancer.

  • National Cancer Institute LogoNational Cancer Institute (NCI)
    An excellent, authoritative Web resource for cancer diagnosis, treatment and coping information. NCI is one of the institutes at the National Institutes of Health.

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