Native America Calling: New Ideas for Preventing Colon Cancer

From Native America Calling
Monday, June 21, 2021
New Ideas for Preventing Colon Cancer
By Art Hughs

The panel that oversees health recommendations for the U.S. is lowering the age that adults should get colon cancer screenings.  In May, the U.S. Preventative Task Force reduced the recommended screening age from 50 to 45.  Native American colon cancer rates are higher than the population as a whole.  Experts discuss the types of colon cancer screenings available and who should consider talking to their doctor about them.


Alexandra Rosson (Inupiaq) – senior case manager for family medicine at the Tanana Chiefs Conference

Brian Burt – physician assistant in the Department of Surgery of Phoenix Indian Medical Center

Dr. Alisa Alexander (Vunut Gwichin) – a family physician at the Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center and the Senior Medical Officer at Tanana Chiefs Conference



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