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Lung cancer incidence in the American Indian and Alaska Native population, United States—2012–2016 (purchased/referred care delivery areas)
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    Alaska Natives and American Indians in the Northern and Southern Plains experience disproportionately higher lung cancer incidence rates compared to non-Hispanic whites.

    Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) men and women.

    Most lung cancers are caused by cigarette smoking. The prevalence of cigarette smoking among AI/AN varies by geographic region, which impacts geographic variation in lung cancer incidence rates.

    Some other risk factors for lung cancer include exposure to secondhand smoke, asbestos, and naturally occurring radon gas in homes. An occupational history of uranium mining is also a risk factor for lung cancer

    Suggested citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lung Cancer Incidence in the American Indian and Alaska Native Population, United States Purchased/Referred Care Delivery Areas—2012–2016. U.S. Cancer Statistics data brief, no 14. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Health and Human Services; 2019.

    USCS-DataBrief-No14-November2019-h.pdf

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