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American Cancer Society Premieres Breast Cancer Film in South Dakota

February 27, 2009

Pierre, SD – The American Cancer Society is bringing the stories of a special group of cancer survivors to the silver screen as part of an effort to engage their larger pupulation in the fight against breast cancer. The Society will premier a new film today in Pierre geared specifically toward Native American women. Entitled "Native American Breast Cancer Awareness," the movie features members of several tribal nations who tell stories of how they fought and survived the disease.

Roberta Cahill, American Cancer Society spokesperson and Yankton Sioux tribal member, says Native American cancer screening rates are comparatively low compared to the general population, and the new film was produced to help make the prevention message more culturally relevant. The film was produced in the Lower Brule and Pierre areas, she adds, featuring women from the Cheyenne River, Pine Ridge, Crow Creek, Yankton and Rosebud Tribes, who were also involved in the script writing.

"Most of it is actually story telling, which is highly valued in the Native population. The ladies are sharing their stories about how they were involved with breast cancer, either as a survivor, or as someone who is getting mammograms and trying to encourage other women to get their mammogram."

Arlene Blackbird, who serves as film spokesperson, and is nurse and program director for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Center at Eagle Butte, says Native American women often are diagnosed in cancer's late stages when chances of surviving are low.

"The biggest message we want to get out there is that, no matter who you are, what reservation you’re from or where you live, there are people to help you, no matter what your barriers. If you need transportation assistance, if you need to find out where there’s a provider near you, or even if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, there are people there to help you. We just need to reach out a little bit to each other."

The film features storytelling alongside a South Dakota nature backdrop with messages on breast cancer screening guidelines. The highest breast cancer rates in the nation are reported among northern plains and Alaska Native American women. The film is available on DVD free of charge to tribal community health clinics who wish to promote cancer screening awareness. Reserve a copy or learn more at

David Law, Public News Service - SD