Cancer presents a significant burden to American Indians throughout Montana. From 2009 – 2013, cancer was the second leading cause of death among Montana American Indians.
On average, there are 262 newly-diagnosed cancers and 80 cancer deaths each year among Montana American Indians.
The high prevalence of commercial tobacco use and obesity along with limited access to preventative healthcare and treatment contribute greatly to the cancer burden among Montana American Indians.
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.