Gastroenterology

Combating gastric cancer in Alaska Native people: An expert and community symposium

Alaska Native (AN) people experience higher incidence of, and mortality from, gastric cancer compared to other U.S. populations1, 2. Compared to the general U.S. population, gastric cancer in AN people occurs at a younger age, is diagnosed at later stages, is more evenly distributed between the sexes, and is more frequently signet-ring or diffuse histology3. It is known that the prevalence of Helicobacter pylori (Hp) infection, a risk factor for gastric cancer, is high in AN people4; however, high antimicrobial resistance combined with high reinfection rates in Alaska make treatment at the population level complex5.

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