PHOENIX, Ariz. June 3, 2010 A cancer conference dedicated to increased awareness about cancer among the Navajo people is helping bridge Western and Native American approaches to disease and treatments.
As a result, conference participants say more Navajos are learning about cancer, adopting measures to help prevent the disease, participating more in cancer treatment and opening up to new therapies.
The 3rd annual Fort Defiance Cancer Awareness and Advocacy Conference is planned from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 5 at the Navajo Nation Museum, Arizona Highway 264 and Postal Loop Road, in Window Rock, Ariz.
It is sponsored by the Arizona Myeloma Network (AzMN) and the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, with the help of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and other organizations.
"The cancer conference provides the Navajo people with the confidence to go out into the community to talk to people about cancer without being fearful of the word 'cancer' but rather with the knowledge of hope," said Mary Sena, a member of the Navajo Nation and Program Coordinator for the Din Breast Cancer Advocate, Prevention and Training Program established through AzMN.
"The conference is a great educational tool that benefits the Navajo people," said Sena, who also helped form the Din Women to Women support group for breast cancer survivors. "The conference also provides an opportunity to come together as a nation to grow, learn and support those with cancer. It has increased awareness of the importance of regular screenings, early diagnosis, treatment options and resources available."
Barbara Kavanagh, Founder and President of AzMN, said all of the services through the network are funded by foundations, provided by volunteers, and are delivered free of charge to the Navajo people.
"We are so pleased that the Fort Defiance Cancer Awareness and Advocacy Conference, which the Arizona Myeloma Network first introduced
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