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					Cancer Among
Alaska Natives
                Alaska Natives:
Eskimo (Inupiat, Yu’pik)
Indian (Athabascan, Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian)
Aleut
Past and Present
Dr. J. Lyman Buckley, Valdez, circa 1900-1910:
“in the nearly 12 years…spent in Alaska, he never
found a true case of cancer among the full-bloods
and but very few among those of mixed blood.”
Dr. Ray Smith, 16
years in Kotzebue,
Alaska, circa 1936:
“…he told me he had
always been most
pleasantly surprised
by the absence of
cancer of any kind
among these people.”
Dr. Thomas Marcom, Nome and
surroundings, 1936-1946: “I know of only
one case of cancer...which had been
diagnosed by my predecessor.”
Dr. L.A. White, Metlakatla, 1932-1934, Unalaska,
1934-1948, and several months in 1939 in Klawok
and Bethel: “malignant disease was extremely rare –
in fact, I had only one proven case” (Bethel, 1940).
Dr. Romig, surgeon, Anchorage Railroad Hospital:
“ …in his thirty-six years of contact with these
people he had never seen a case of malignant
disease among the truly primitive Eskimos and
Indians, although it frequently occurs when they
become modernized.”
“Elders that
  come from
  small, remote
  villages are
  overwhelmed
  when they
  come to
  Anchorage-
  the noise,
  transportation
  problems, big
  buildings and
  lots of
  people…”
                   Jesse Carter passed away September 2004

                                      Photo by Clark James Mishler
“ I looked
  around and
  said to
  myself, “ I
  see a lot of
  survivors.”
  I told my
  children,
  “I’m going
  to be a
  survivor
  too…”
                 Photo by Clark James Mishler
“When I was
 diagnosed
 with cancer,
 I had to go
 to Seattle
 for surgery.
 It was very
 scary…The
 travel costs
 and the
 long way
 we have to
 fly is the
 hardest part
 of having
 cancer.”       Frances Lampe passed away July 2004
                                 Photo by Clark James Mishler
“I was very
  involved in the
  decision making
  process around
  my cancer
  treatment…The
  cancer wasn’t
  just happening
  to me- I was
  taking control of
  my disease.”

                      Photo by Clark James Mishler

				
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