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Native American woman shares breast cancer story

Myrna Kuka is a breast cancer survivor as well as a Native American woman, according to a new report from She spoke with the news source about the challenges of receiving treatment, as well as the benefits of her culture in helping her overcome the illness.

"Being Native American, I come from a culture that's deeply spirited," said Kuka. "One of the things I learned along the way, and I continue to do it throughout the day if I have a time that's quiet, I continuously, I pray in my travels, I pray, I thank the Creator for things that are good."

However, there are definite problems in the lack of treatment available to American Indians. According to the American Cancer Society, Native Americans are the second to lowest ranked in terms of survival rates.

Breast cancer affects one out of every eight women in the U.S. at some point in her lifetime, a number that equals about 12 percent of the female population. The illness is the second most common form of cancer in America, after skin cancer. More than 200,000 women were newly diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, according to the American Cancer Society.
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