Screening

 
It is recommended that all adults in the United States undergo yearly medical and dental exams. Part of the yearly exam should include physical examination of the oropharyx and skin, and a bimanual gynecologic exam in women. The purpose of these exams is to screen for abnormalities such as the cancers included in the “all other” sites category, including oropharyngeal, skin, and ovarian cancer. It is recommended that all Cherokee people undergo yearly physical examinations. These examinations are offered at all tribal health centers, clinics, and hospitals. Beyond these measures, there are no specific laboratory tests or imaging studies that are recommended for the general population to screen for “all other” cancer sites. 

Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan

The Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control (CNCCC) Project assists in the development of networks and collaboration that produce an infrastructure for a comprehensive approach to cancer within the Cherokee Nation. Since 2003, coalition members and partners have come together to discuss the burden of cancer in Cherokee Nation. Coalition members and partners include local, regional, state and national representatives committed to identifying areas of cancer concern, planning interventions, prioritizing greatest areas of identified need, and then implementing identified strategies and/or providing needed resources. This is the second edition of the Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan and will serve, like the first, as an information resource for health care professionals and community members, as well as a tool for the Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition and its respective entities. The coalition is committed to the process of enhancing infrastructure for comprehensive cancer control in the Cherokee Nation with the ultimate goal of reducing morbidity and mortality among the Cherokee community.