Cancer presents a significant burden to American Indians (AI) throughout Montana. From 2015-2019 cancer was the second leading cause of death among Montana American Indians.
On average, there are 310 newly diagnosed cancers and 100 cancer deaths each year among Montana American Indians.
Cancer incidence and mortality are still significantly higher among Montana AI compared to Montana whites.
To address disparities among American Indians, the leadership of the Montana Cancer Coalition and the Montana American Indian Women’s Health Coalition (MAIWHC) collaborate on goals and strategies relevant to the needs of all Montana populations.
The partnership between MTCC, MAIWHC and other American Indian-focused organizations and groups is vital to addressing the burden of cancer across Montana.