Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 27, Supplement 1, pp 66–72

Breast Cancer and Screening in American Indian and Alaska Native Women


DOI: 10.1007/s13187-012-0323-6

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Roubidoux, M.A. J Canc Educ (2012) 27: 66. doi:10.1007/s13187-012-0323-6


Data relative to breast cancer among American Indian and Alaska native (AI/AN) women are limited and vary by regions. Despite national decreases in breast cancer incidence and mortality rates, declines in these measures have not yet appeared among AI/AN women. Health disparities in breast cancer persist, manifest by higher stage at diagnosis, and lower screening rates compared to other racial and ethnic groups. Disproportionately more AI/AN are younger at diagnosis. Screening beginning at age 40, improving access, annual rescreening, community education and outreach, and mobile mammography for rural areas are ways to improve these disparities in breast cancer.


Indians of North AmericaBreast cancerScreening mammography

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity of Michigan Health SystemsAnn ArborUSA