Health Disparities in Cancer Among American Indians and Alaska Natives

Marilyn A. Roubidoux, Judith S. Kaur, Dorothy A. Rhoades

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American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) are underserved populations who suffer from several health disparities, 1 of which is cancer. Malignancies, especially cancers of the breast, liver, and lung, are common causes of death in this population. Health care disparities in this population include more limited access to diagnostic radiology because of geographic and/or health system limitations. Early detection of these cancers may be enabled by improving patient and physician access to medical imaging. Awareness by the radiology community of the cancer disparities among this population is needed to support research targeted to this specific ethnic group and to support outreach efforts to provide more imaging opportunities. Providing greater access to imaging facilities will also improve patient compliance with screening recommendations, ultimately improving mortality in these populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1013-1021
Number of pages9
JournalAcademic radiology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2022


  • American Indian and Alaska Natives
  • Breast cancer
  • Health Disparities
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Lung Cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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