Risk Factors

According to Dr. Matthew Olnes, a physician at the Hastings Indian Medical Center, lung cancers can be attributable to carcinogens found in smoking tobacco. Therefore, cigarette smoking is the biggest culprit for lung cancer, causing more deaths from cancer than any other cancer.   Other risk factors include second hand smoke, radiation exposure, occupational exposure to asbestos and other environmental cancer causing agents, as well as a family history of lung cancer. 

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.