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Film targets breast cancer among Native women


The American Cancer Society has produced an 11-minute film and a series of public service announcements to draw attention to breast cancer among Native women.

Native women are less likely to suffer from breast cancer. But their death rates are higher than other racial or ethnic groups.

"There are some cultural beliefs that if you talk about cancer, you basically are inviting it to happen," Roberta Cahill, a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe who works for the American Cancer Society, told The Sioux Falls Argus Leader. "That's a barrier we have to overcome."

Cahill hopes the film and public service announcements will lead more Native women to be screened for breast cancer.

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Film puts focus on breast cancer (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 3/9)