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The goal of Urban Indian CARES (Colon and Rectal Education and Screening) is to promote education, testing, and treatment of colorectal cancer for urban American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) through the Urban Indian Health Programs (UIHP) nationwide.

Why urban American Indians and Alaska Natives?

  • 71% of American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) live in urban areas.*
  • Many urban AI/AN depend on Urban Indian Health Programs (UIHP) for their health care.
  • Colon cancer is the second most common cancer for AI/AN women and the third for AI/AN men.
  • AI/AN are more likely to be diagnosed at later stages, when cancer is most difficult to cure.
  • Only 46% of AI/AN in UIHP service areas have been screened for colon cancer, compared with 60% of Caucasians.^

*2010 US Census
^ Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2003-2007

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