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Mohave County, Navajo officials push to broaden 'downwinder' coverage

Federal law has long compensated residents who lived downwind from open-air nuclear test sites in the 1950s and 1960s, including many in northern Arizona – but not residents in most of Mohave County. County Supervisor Jean Bishop, who has seen her family and neighbors racked by cancers, told a House committee Wednesday that this is “a perfect time to amend the boundaries” of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act to include “downwinders” like herself.... Read more»

Cultural barriers challenge Native Americans seeking cancer treatment

Despite some strides in improving health care access and treatment in Indian Country, cultural barriers still prevent patients from asking for help or getting treatment.... Read more»

Az cancer victims not seeking help

Arizona has the lowest reported rate of cancer in the nation, but those who get cancer here, are more likely to die from it. That’s because people in Arizona wait too long to get checked for cancer, and once diagnosed, the disease overtakes most cures. ... Read more»