Cancer rates are down for most Americans, but not for Native Americans. They also have the lowest cancer survival rate of any racial group in the country.
Now a new program from the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health is tackling this problem. He wants to find ways to improve the detection, diagnosis and treatment of several common cancers.
The center says a big part of the problem is that tribal lands are so vast. Transportation and access are barriers to testing and good care. Cultural taboos and stigma can also be issues. And booking clinics often lack treatment services.
The center’s program will focus on breast, colorectal and stomach cancers. It will start in the Apache and Navajo communities, but the goal is to find solutions for any tribe.
The initiative is supported by an award from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation.
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