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Schools get money to research cancer in Native communities

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Posted at 9:36 AM, Nov 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-30 11:36:52-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The University of Arizona has received nearly $7 million to help address cancer in Native American communities.

The money comes from the National Cancer Institute.

The UofA's Cancer Center has worked with Northern Arizona University since 2002 to research cancer and provide services to prevent it. The schools also train Native Americans and conduct outreach programs under the Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention.

The $6.85 million grant extends the partnership through 2024.

The schools say they've trained more than 275 Native students in cancer research, some of whom go on to serve tribal communities.

One of the things researchers want to study further is stomach cancer among Native Americans in northern Arizona, where the incidence rates are three times higher than the general Arizona population.