Indigenous people face increased burden from cancer. Our goal is to reduce the impact of cancer on Indigenous communities regionally, nationally and internationally.

Cancer affects all population groups in the United States, but certain groups of us bear a disproportionate burden compared to others. Indigenous people are one of those groups, and are more likely to develop certain cancer types and/or have higher mortality. For example, American Indians/Alaska Natives:

In addition, Indigenous communities experience health disparities in access to health care and health insurance coverage as well as rates of smoking, obesity, diabetes, and chronic liver and kidney disease — all of which contribute to a greater burden from cancer.

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The Talking Circle Podcast

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The Talking Circle was created by the Center for Indigenous Cancer Research (CICR) at Roswell Park to highlight the many discussions and contributions to indigenous knowledge, science and research made by our team, as well as our partners and community leaders. We’re bringing the conversations about cancer and prevention from the laboratories, offices, and classrooms to our Indigenous communities.

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Screening and Prevention

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Whether you are a researcher, student, partner or advocate, we have several opportunities for you or your organization to engage with the Center for Indigenous Cancer Research, including requesting a cancer education class, propose research project ideas, promote our work, apply for our internships, or donate by directing your gift to the Roswell Park Center for Indigenous Cancer Research.

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