Learn how American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities are increasing participation in cancer prevention and screening activities through innovative and culturally relevant programs when Spirit of EAGLES presents "Changing Patterns of Cancer in Native Communities: Strength Through Tradition and Science" Sept. 11-14, at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle.
Colorectal cancer screening in AI/AN communities will be among the key topics at the eighth annual national conference, which will be hosted by the Mayo Clinic’s School of Continuous Professional Development.
"American Indian and Alaska Native men and women experience high rates of colorectal cancer, are typically diagnosed with later stage disease, and experience poorer overall survival," said Teresa Garrett Hill, conference planning committee member and Spirit of EAGLES’ Hutchinson Center-based program manager.
Native cancer researchers will discuss cancer research advances that affect AI/ANs, present examples of community cancer control initiatives and highlight how the strengths of AI/AN traditions can promote cancer prevention and control.
Conference highlights include:
Conference speakers will also address cultural sensitivity, tobacco control, palliative care, traditional healing and western medicine, and nutrition. Find the full agenda at http://www.nativeamericanprograms.org.
The Spirit of EAGLES Community Networks Program is a NCI-funded initiative to increase cancer awareness, research and cancer care resources among tribal nations and organizations.
Registration is open to community members, cancer survivors, heath care advocates, elders, researchers, health care providers and college/medical students. Register online here.
For more information, call Garrett Hill at (206) 667-7593 or Kathy Briant at (206) 667-1137.