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Cancer Among American Indians and Alaska Natives

Raising Awareness and Providing Solutions for Cancer in American Indians and Alaska Natives

“We all have a lot to learn about the diverse cultures of America’s first people. We also have much to do to help American Indians improve their health status by preventing and controlling cancer,” writes Dr. Sherri Stewart, a lead health scientist in CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control and a Pamunkey Indian, in this blog post.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Cancer is the name for diseases that happen when cells start to grow too fast in an unhealthy way. This page answers questions about cancer for Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

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Cancer Health Disparities Among American Indians and Alaska Natives

American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) in the United States have unique cancer patterns due to their history and culture, where they live, and how they get health care.

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Causes of Death Among American Indians and Alaska Natives

CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control sponsored a supplemental issue of the American Journal of Public Health about the leading causes of death among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. The authors are experts from many different fields.

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