AMERICAN INDIANS AND ALASKA NATIVES

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  • ABOUT COLON AND RECTUM

    Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and in most Native communities. It is also a leading cancer cause of...See More+ Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and in most Native communities. It is also a leading cancer cause of death, nationwide. See Less-
  • PREVENTION

    Several factors are known to increase the risk of developing colorectal cancer, including obesity, consumption of red meat and/or highly...See More+ Several factors are known to increase the risk of developing colorectal cancer, including obesity, consumption of red meat and/or highly processed meat, alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking. In contrast, regular exercise and adopting a diet low in fat and high in fiber can reduce the risk of developing this disease. There are several heritable factors that increase the risk of colorectal cancer, including genes that lead to Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colon Cancer (HNPCC, also known as “Lynch Syndrome”) and Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP). See Less-
  • TREATMENT

    Colorectal cancer can be effectively treated, especially when it is diagnosed at early stages before it has spread beyond the colon. There...See More+ Colorectal cancer can be effectively treated, especially when it is diagnosed at early stages before it has spread beyond the colon. There are several screening tests that can detect colorectal cancer long before symptoms of the disease develop. One of these tests, colonoscopy, can identify and remove pre-cancerous lesions before they progresses to cancer. See Less-