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OU to Study Tribal Cancer Prevention Efforts (Jul 25, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The University of Oklahoma's College of Nursing will work with the Comanche Nation on a study into whether tribal members trained as health educators can assist with cancer prevention, screening and treatment.

OU officials say the goal of the Native Navigators program is to increase knowledge about cancer and motivate Comanche tribal members to achieve health goals.

OU assistant professor of nursing Valerie Eschiti is the principal investigator for the federally funded project. Eschiti says tribal members in the Southern Plains have a higher incidence and higher mortality rates for some types of cancer when compared to other racial and ethnic groups and other American Indians living elsewhere in the U.S.

Two Comanche Nation members have been trained and are leading educational workshops in the Lawton area.

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