Doctor encourages regular breast cancer screenings on Indigenous Pink Day

VIDEO: Native American women more likely to face breast cancer, doctors say

TULSA, Okla. — Native American women are more likely to develop and die of breast cancer than other ethnic group, according to the American Indian Cancer Foundation.

Dr. Julia Knarreborg with Citizen Potawatomi Nation said it’s in part of the fear on the unknown.

“I think a lot of us have similar obstacles,” Knarreborg said. “I think one of them is fear. Fear of the unknown. There’s not a lot of awareness out there in some of the more rural communities and just the Native American community as a whole as to what the risks are for breast cancer.”

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Knarreborg said it’s important to pursue regular screenings, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Knarreborg encourages everyone to talk to their healthcare provider for advice and information on breast cancer screenings.

For more information on Indigenous Pink Day and where you can get screenings, visit americanindiancancer.org.