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Health Care Women Int. 1999 Sep-Oct;20(5):445-53.

Native women and cancer.

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  • 1Department of Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota 55905, USA.


Literature regarding cancer patterns in American Indians and Alaska Native women is reviewed and attention is paid to promising research initiatives to improve cancer prevention and control as well as approaches to enhance exchange of knowledge through a new national resource center. Lung, breast, and colorectal cancer are the leading cause of cancer deaths in American Indians and Alaska Native women. There continues to be a disproportionate death rate from cervical cancer. Enhanced availability for breast and cervical cancer screening in conjunction with community education is showing promising trends toward reversing the patterns of late diagnosis. Communities can benefit from sharing their collective resources in a new national resource center called "Native C.I.R.C.L.E." housed in the Mayo Cancer Center.

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