The campaign in the Native American community
Native Americans have a high rate of colorectal cancer diagnoses and a higher rate of death compared to the average of all races in the state. That’s why OHA is partnering with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) to help increase screening among Native Americans in the Portland Metro area and in the nine confederated tribes in Oregon.
Through a collaboration with NPAIHB on a toolkit being developed for Oregon Tribes, OHA is developing tools that will help Tribes communicate with their communities and increase the number of people getting tested. OHA will provide technical assistance to tribal organizations interested in implementing the campaign.
OHA has also developed collateral materials based on research with Oregonians, including Native Americans, and has adapted the materials to be culturally relevant.
My life recently changed when I was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer at age 46. Luckily it was caught and treated in time—Teaching me the importance of early diagnosis. So when two family members were recently diagnosed with colon cancer, I didn’t hesitate to talk with my doctor about scheduling a colonoscopy. I got screened, and my doctor was able to find and remove a polyp right then, before it turned cancerous. I’m so glad I didn’t wait—This screening can save your life!”
Val Ligon – Roseburg