Other Health Risks

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among American Indian/Alaska Native men and women. Most lung cancers are caused by cigarette smoking. Exposure to secondhand smoke also puts people at risk for lung cancer (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Cancer Statistics Brief No. 14, 2019)

    • Lung and bronchus cancer is the number one cancer by rate of cancer deaths and the number 3 cancer by rates of new cancer cases for American Indians/Alaska Natives in California.
      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Leading Cancer Cases and Deaths, American Indian and Alaska Native, Male and Female, 2018