A 2010 study showed that incidences of cancer in Native Americans from the Northern Plains are more likely to be fatal than for Native Americans from elsewhere due to lack of cancer screening tests. It is important to understand how climate change could increase cancer among Amskapi Pikuni community members. Our decisions and actions can influence the degree to which our community will or will not experience these impacts to our health. Being proactive and making decisions now to safeguard health will help us be more resilient.
In addition to exposure to harmful chemicals and ultra-violet radiation, many other factors influence cancer risk, including age, family history, viruses and bacteria, behaviors like tobacco use, high levels of alcohol consumption, obesity, an unhealthy diet, and sun exposure. For more information about cancer risks associated with chemical exposure, see this guide by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
Next, learn about Extreme Weather and Climate Change.
Or, learn about climate change as a health opportunity.
Some of the content found on this page is summarized from the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s report, “The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States“, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ “A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change“, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s “When Every Drop Counts” to briefly describe some of the possible health outcomes that are most relevant to Blackfeet Country. This page does not include all possible health impacts and outcomes, nor does it include all possible risks and responses.