American Indian baby-boomers are showing significant increases in what has become the number two cause of death on American Indian reservations and for America’s urban Indians – cancer.
But thankfully, as medical technology makes significant strides, the cancer survival rate also continues to climb.
“That’s hope for us,” said Tinka Duran, outreach coordinator for the Northern Plains Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NPCCCP). Duran and Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, NPCCCP program director, teamed up to conduct the annual Northern Plains American Indian Cancer Summit in October.
The summit, which was at the Best Western Ramkota in Rapid City, drew hundreds of cancer fighters and survivors to listen to health-care professionals, policy-makers, and researchers, share “the hope” that survivors need to continue their journey into cancer-free living.
The news report stated that perhaps the highlight of the summit was the “storytelling” by survivors, each of whom received recognition for sharing their struggle to survive.