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Special Monthly Spotlight: Native American Heritage Month and November Cancer Awareness Highlights

Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Native American Heritage Month


In November, CRCHD joins the rest of the nation in recognizing Lung Cancer Awareness Month, as well as celebrating Native American Heritage Month.

Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer found in men and women and the leading cause of cancer death. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, more people die from lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Though the gap is starting to close, there continues to be lung cancer disparities in the U.S. For example:

  • Older people are more likely to develop lung cancer than other population groups.
  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in African Americans.
  • Native American men and women have the third highest incidence and mortality rates for lung cancer.


Native American and Alaska Natives
living in the U.S. continue to experience significant cancer health disparities compared to the general population. For example, members of this racial/ethnic group have the poorest survival rate from all cancers combined than any other racial group, and Native American women have the third-highest cancer death rates compared to the general U.S. population.

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Updated: 11/20/14