Alaska Native Epidemiology Center

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Colorectal Cancer Control Program (2009-2015)

Colorectal cancer is the second 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.

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Community Education

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 health care provider or local tribal health organization about getting colorectal cancer screenings.

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The Cancer I Can Prevent

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). Alaskans who have been screened tell their story to inspire others. Check out their stories or share yours at

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Nolan the Inflatable Colon

Nolan the Colon is a giant inflatable walk-through replica of the human colon that illustrates the development of colorectal cancer, with preventive information. Nolan the Colon has traveled to over 30 communities. Contact the ANTHC Cancer Program at if you would like Nolan to visit your community.

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Education Materials

We offer a wide array of education materials including YouTube videos, brochures, flyers, posters, etc. If you are interested in any of our materials, please contact the ANTHC Cancer Program at

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