Northwest Tribal Comprehensive Cancer Project

The mission of the Northwest Tribal Comprehensive Cancer Program is to envision and work toward cancer-free tribal communities by taking an integrated and coordinated approach to cancer control. In collaboration with 43 Northwest tribes, the Northwest Tribal Cancer Control Project is implementing strategies that will reduce the cancer burden for American Indians and Alaskan Natives in the Northwest.

The Northwest Tribal Comprehensive Cancer Program serves the 43 federally recognized tribes in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.


  • Facilitate a process for Northwest tribes to promote cancer risk reduction strategies.
  • Provide information on the most current early detection, screening and treatment practices through education and resource materials.
  • Provide education regarding quality of life for cancer patients, their families and caretakers.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with local and national cancer organizations and individuals.
  • Improve Indian-specific cancer control data.

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In 1999, the NPAIHB was the first Tribal organization to receive a CDC Comprehensive Cancer Grant. The Northwest Tribal Comprehensive Cancer Control Project (NTCCP) was the first program to form a tribal cancer coalition covering multiple states, develop a tribal comprehensive cancer plan, design a tribal behavioral risk factor survey, and collaborate with a wide network of partners including federal, state, academic, non profit, and private industry partners.

The NTCCP provides technical assistance to tribes on tribal action plans for local cancer activities, resource information, cancer data and cancer education training through a variety of venues including the Clinical Director’s Update, Cancer 101, and Risky Business. NTCCP also participates in tribal health fairs, events, conferences, and trainings.

Since 1998, the Northwest Tribal Comprehensive Cancer Program (NTCCP) has worked to reduce the burden of cancer affecting Northwest tribal  communities. This daunting task was tackled using an integrated and coordinated approach to cancer control, bridging prevention, screening and early detection, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and end of life care.


The Northwest Tribal Cancer Control Twenty Year Plan – Working Toward Cancer-free Tribal Communities

The Northwest Tribal Cancer Coalition meets regularly with tribal and other comprehensive cancer control partners to address:

  • Cancer prevention and control by building partnerships.
  • Provide a forum for networking and sharing new information on resources, screening, educational, clinical, and policy updates.
  • Empower Tribal communities that have the ability to influence public policy and effect change.
  • Provide National, regional, state and local cancer data, research, and evaluation tools for making decisions about cancer prevention and control.

Provide technical assistance in tribal action plan development to help promote local activities in screening, prevention, and education activities in tribal communities.

Provide cancer education training through a variety of venues including the Clinical Director’s Update, Cancer 101, Risky Business and coalition meetings.

Provide resource information to tribal communities on cancer related issues.


Project activities are funded by Cooperative Agreement No. U58 DP003935-05 of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pregnancy and Smoking Native American Women.
Stats on AI/AN Women Smoking During Pregnancy Rates

Tool Kit for Clinicians: Helping Pregnant Women to Quit

Pregnancy, patch, lozenges, and safety

Pregnancy and Smoking Marijuana

AI/AN stats on Smoking

Commercial Tobacco Facts

AI/AN Tobacco Implementation Survey

Policy planning in tribal communities

Tobacco Prevention AI/AN

Tobacco Cessation

Clinical Training

Self Help Programs

Tribal Tobacco Resources

Community training

Children and second hand smoke AI/AN

Videos and brochures

Traditional Tobacco




Search for additional cancer resources below:


2016 Cancer Fact Sheets

  • Portland Area (Idaho, Oregon, and Washington)
  • Idaho
  • Oregon
  • Washington

2011 Cancer Fact Sheets

  • Portland Area (Idaho, Oregon, and Washington)
  • Idaho
  • Oregon
  • Washington

2009 Cancer Fact Sheets


We look forward to hearing from you. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Kerri Lopez (Tolowa Tribe)
Director, NW Tribal Cancer and Western Tribal Diabetes Projects
NPAIHB “The EpiCenter”
2121 SW Broadway, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97201

Antoinette Aguirre (Navajo), Cancer Prevention Coordinator

Thomas M. Becker, MD, PhD, Medical Epidemiologist