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Breast cancer and Native American women

Breast cancer and the Native American women

          Historically the occurrence of cancer in Native Americans was rare. However, the last two decades have seen substantial increases in both incidence (50.5 per 100,000) and mortality rates (12.4 per 100,000). Cancer now is recognized as a leading cause of death among Native American women. Breast cancer incidence and mortality rates are lower for women in most Native American tribes compared to Caucasians, however the rate of death due to the breast cancer has risen since the 1970s. The 5-year breast cancer relative survival rate for American Indian women is reportedly the lowest of any racial or ethnic group in the country. Lack of access to health cancer and under utilization of screening services is the major cause of this poor breast cancer survival. Greater awareness and utilization of screening mammograms, clinical breast exams and breast self-exam screening methods could significantly reduce the mortality of breast cancer among Native Americans.

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