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 dad was diagnosed with colorectal cancer when he was 67 and died from it eight months later. He never got a colonoscopy. As a result, my brother, sister and I all get regular colonoscopies and have all had precancerous polyps removed. These screenings REALLY save lives!
Clatsop County has the second highest mortality rate with colorectal cancer in the state and that’s just one more reason I’m sharing my story. It’s so important that people talk about their experience because it makes people more at ease with the idea of a colonoscopy and encourages others to go in and get screened.
Nancy Magathan – Astoria