Poor Cancer Care for Native Americans Might Be a Treaty Violation

“The grassroots educational movement is gaining traction. In 2007, only a quarter of Native Americans between 50 and 75 were getting screened for colorectal cancer. Now that number is above a third. But that’s still nowhere near the goals set by the American Cancer Society’s “80 by 18” initiative—to screen 80 percent of age-appropriate people by 2018. Things have gone much better in non-native populations, where colorectal cancer screening rates in the target age range have already reached nearly two-thirds. And because of that, there has been significantly decreased mortality across all populations in the United States. Except for Native Americans…”

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