June 15th, 2012

Can A Colon Cancer Test Level The Playing Field For Alaska Natives?

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Alaska Natives are twice as likely to get colon cancer and die from it as the white population in the United States. When Mayo Clinic doctor David Ahlquist took a trip to Bethel, Alaska, in the mid-1990s, that startling statistic caught his attention. "Here they had one of the world's highest rates of colon cancer and one of the world's poorest outcomes in terms of survival from cancer, because of late diagnosis," Ahlquist says.

 

NPR By Annie Feidt

Tags: Alaska Natives, Cancer, colon cancer, Dr. David Ahlquist, NPR

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