Guide to Preventable Cancers for American Indian/Alaska Native Families Available!

October 5, 2011

Since 2007, the Foundation has been working with American Indian and Alaska Native partners on cancer awareness, education and screening. In 2008, the Foundation developed the Guide to Preventable Cancers for American Indian and Alaska Native Families. The guide serves as a resource to increase education and knowledge about cancer prevention and early detection.

Recently, thanks to generous funding from Ortho Biotech, the Foundation updated this guide and is able to distribute it to organizations free of charge.

Enthusiasm for the revised guide from health professionals has been immense. A public health nurse from Crownpoint, NM, wrote, “It is full of information that is concise enough for everyone. Great resource!” A project coordinator from the Urban Indian Health Institute in Seattle said, “This looks like a great resource. Thank you for sharing with us!”

Organizations are using the guide as a tool for patient and family education at clinics, as a health resource for individuals at health fairs and community events and as part of resource libraries. It has also been distributed at physician and Public Health Nurses (PHN) conferences. So far, about 7,000 guides have been distributed to organizations and tribes throughout Indian Country.

To view a pdf of the guide click here. While supplies last, you can order hard copies by clicking here and choosing PREVENTABLE CANCERS GUIDES or by contacting Sarah Abou-El-Seoud at or 703-837-3682.

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