Cervical cancer disproportionately affects Native communities. American Indian and Alaska Native women have much higher incidence rates of cervical cancer than white women and are often diagnosed at later stages of the disease. Native women across Turtle Island are more than 2 times as likely to die from cervical cancer than white women. Cervical cancer can be prevented and is highly curable when detected early. No woman should suffer from cervical cancer - regular cervical cancer screening saves lives.
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Partner with the American Indian Cancer Foundation to end cervical cancer in your communities by celebrating Cervical Cancer Awareness Month this January. We will be posting resources on social media, sharing survivor stories and spreading awareness. AICAF has created a Cervical Cancer Awareness Month social media toolkit for you or your organization to share important cervical cancer resources with your network. Please feel free to share this toolkit with your community and encourage the women in your life to get screened for cervical cancer. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Laura Sioux Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cervical Cancer Survivor Stories
In order to educate and de-stigmatize cervical cancer, we have interviewed survivors to learn from their experiences and honor their stories. Around 13,000 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year and we can learn from each other to reduce the burden cancer creates in our community.
Turquoise Tuesday, on January 23rd, is a cervical cancer awareness day for all American Indians and Alaska Natives. The American Indian Cancer Foundation encourages everyone to wear turquoise clothing and jewelry to raise awareness for cervical cancer. Visit the #TurquoiseTuesday web page for more information.