The Alaska Native Medical Center’s Colorectal Cancer Clinic is jointly operated by Southcentral Foundation and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, which provides screenings for customer-owners. There are two different types of colorectal cancer screenings: sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy.
Alaska Native men and women are two times more likely to get diagnosed with colorectal cancer than non-Natives. Screening and early detection saves lives, so be sure to get screened at 50, or earlier if your family has a history of colon cancer.
Four out of five people who get colorectal cancer would not get it if they had regular screenings, tests where they look for cancer. Screenings can find and remove polyps, small growths, before they turn into cancer.
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Breast cancer affects one out of every eight women in the United States. There is a greater chance of treatment being successful when breast cancer is detected early. According to the National Cancer Institute, they recommend women 40 years and older should get a mammogram every one to two years.
The Health Education and Wellness Center offers Breast Cancer Support Groups as need is determined. Please call to inquire at (907) 729-2689.