Spirit of Eagles
American Indian/Alaska Native Leadership Initiative on Cancer
American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations have very high incidence rates for specific cancer sites and poor survival rates for most cancers. This AI/AN Leadership Initiative on Cancer addresses comprehensive tribal cancer control through partnerships with The Network for Cancer Control Research among AI/AN populations, tribes, multiple cancer centers, Cancer Information Services (CIS), and the American Cancer Society (ACS). This Initiative will assist tribes to:
The specific aims to support these goals include the following:
These efforts should measurably increase awareness of the problem of cancer among AI/ANs and result in increased early detection of cancer. It also may increase the number of AI/AN patients seeking clinical trials. The research methods include established successful cancer control techniques through the Native Researchers Training Program, development of grants ($10,000 to $20,000) to tribes, specific scope of work agreements with CIS and coordination with ACS.
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