Colorectal cancer is the leading cause of new cases of cancer among Alaska Native people. Screening can prevent this cancer or catch it early. Since 2000, screening rates among Alaska Native people have doubled, but still remain below nationally recommended levels.
From 2009-2015, ANTHC had a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) funded program to increase colorectal cancer screening among Alaska Native and American Indian people by working with Tribal health organizations around the state.
For general information about Colorectal Cancer and important screening information, please visit www.alaskacolonhealth.org.
First-degree relatives (parents, siblings, children) of persons diagnosed with colorectal cancer are at increased risk of colorectal cancer themselves. ANMC colorectal cancer screening patient navigators help first-degree relatives get this important health screening.
Colorectal cancer is cancer that grows in the colon (large intestine) or the rectum. Screening helps your provider find and remove polyps before they turn cancerous, or catch cancer at an early stage when it’s highly treatable. Alaska Native people who are 40 years old and older or who have a family history of colorectal cancer are encouraged to talk with their providers or local Tribal health organization about getting colorectal cancer screenings.
In 2014, the Alaska Colorectal Cancer Partnership launched a media campaign to increase colorectal cancer screening among Alaskans over age 50 (over 40 for Alaska Native people). We wanted Alaskans who have already been screened to tell their story and inspire others. Check out their stories and to share yours at www.alaskacolonhealth.org.
Nolan the Colon is a giant inflatable walk-through replica of the human colon that illustrates the development of colorectal cancer and information on how to prevent colorectal cancer. Nolan the Colon has traveled to 31 communities and has had approximately 17,000 visitors. Contact us if you would like Nolan or Nolan Jr. to visit your community!