Colorectal Cancer

COLORECTAL CANCER is the second most common cancer among American Indians (following lung cancer), and it is the second leading cause of cancer death. There are usually no symptoms of colorectal cancer until it’s too late. Screening saves lives by finding and removing polyps (small balloons in the colon) before they can turn into cancer.


"Refer-A-Relative," is a new AICAF initiative in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health and Get Your Rear In Gear Colon Cancer Coalition. Refer-A-Relative encourages American Indians in the Twin Cities metro area to complete their screening and refer up to five American Indian relatives, ages 50 and above for colon cancer screening. Patients will receive $20 gift card for completing colon cancer screening AND they will receive $10 for each relative that completes screening. The relatives will also receive a $20 gift card and can refer more people.


AICAF Resources

Learn more about colorectal cancer among American Indians with AICAF’s resources.
Please feel free to download, print, and share these resources.

Download: Colon Cancer Brochure

Download: Colon Cancer Infographic

Read more how colorectal cancer affects American Indians in the Native News Health Alliance article.

AICAF Programs

Read how the Screening Navigation Program and the Clinical Cancer Screening Network work to address colorectal cancer in American Indian communities in the AAIP Newsletter Winter 2014-15

Other Resources


Screening is the most effective way to prevent colorectal cancer. There is more than one way to get screened. Learn more about screening options:

Colorectal Cancer Screening Saves Lives (CDC) -- see page 5 for information on screening options

Native People's Wellness: CRC Prevention, Detection and Care -- see page 6-7 for information on screening options