IMPROVING OUR COMMUNITY

Through Better Health

The mission of the National Native Network is to enhance the quality and performance of public health systems to reduce commercial tobacco-related illnesses and cancer disparities among American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

About The National Native Network »

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About The National Native Network

The National Native Network is a public health resource that serves to decrease commercial tobacco use and cancer health disparities among members of American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes across North America.

Tobacco

Traditional and commercial tobacco are different in the way that they are grown and used. Traditional tobacco is and has been used in sacred ways by American Indians for centuries. Its use differs by Tribe and some Tribes do not use traditional tobacco at all.

Traditional Vs. Commercial

Cancer

Behavioral risk factors associated with cancer are often much higher for the AI/AN population. These include smoking, being overweight, lack of physical activity, and poor diet. Lower cancer screening rates are documented for colon and breast cancer.

Cancer Prevention

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The American Cancer Society (ACS) will soon issue a new funding opportunity to support increased colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.  ACS will offer grants of up to $100,00 ($50,000 per year for 2 years) to five organizations to support the implementation of CRC screening projects aimed to improve screening […]

Screening Shape of prostate and compartments within may serve as cancer indicators

CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE FROM Medial News Today Preliminary computerized imaging reveals the shape of the prostate and a compartment within the gland – called the transitional zone – consistently differ in men with prostate cancer with those without he disease, according to new research led by Case Western Reserve University. The finding may […]

Smoking Lung cancer screening rates remain very low among current and former smokers

CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE FROM Medical News Today Lung cancer screening rates remained very low and unchanged among eligible populations in 2015, despite recommendations that high risk current and former smokers be screened.  The study by American Cancer Society investigators appears in JAMA Oncology.  The authors say it underscores the need to educate clinicians […]

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CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE FROM Medical Xpress In 2016, an estimated 13,000 women in the United States were diagnosed with cervical cancer and more than 4,100 died from the disease, according to the U.S. National Cancer Institute. The FDA wants to make women aware of how to protect themselves from cervical cancer, which is […]

Survivorship Many Breast Cancer Survivors Don’t Get Life-Extending Therapy

CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE FROM Health Day Hormonal therapies such as tamoxifen, or a class of drugs called aromatase inhibitors, can reduce the likelihood that women diagnosed with certain breast cancers will experience a recurrence of their disease. However, a new study finds these treatments — used in breast cancers that are responsive to hormones […]

Thirdhand smoke Thirdhand smoke now found detrimental to health

CLICK HERE FOR ORIGINAL ARTICLE from GEN Exposure to thirdhand smoke leads to biological effects on weight and cell development that could be damaging to one’s health, according to new research led by investigators at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The scientists found that newborn mice housed with smoke-treated cloths […]