According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colon cancer rates vary in Native communities and the highest rates are among Alaska Natives. Health workers in Alaska are working hard to tell people how they can prevent colon cancer. They are even dressing up as polyps and traveling around with a 32-foot long-foot inflatable colon called “Nolan the Colon,” to share information about this type of cancer. Talking about colon cancer with your doctor is not always easy. Screening and tests for the disease can be uncomfortable, but they are the best way to detect and prevent it. Do you have questions about colon cancer? Do you find it difficult to talk to your doctor about it? Join us for a conversation with experts.
Diana Redwood, PhD – Colorectal Cancer Control Program manager at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Claudia Christensen – nurse practitioner and endoscopist for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Rochelle Greenley (Yup’ik) – colorectal cancer screening patient navigator.