BREAST cancer was the leading cancer in the Commonwealth from 2007 to 2020, according to the incidence data submitted by the CNMI to the Pacific Regional Central Cancer Registry.

According to the data, there was a total of 103 reported breast cancer cases during that time period.

In addition, there were 83 cases of tobacco-related oral cavity and pharynx cancer; 56 cases of cancer of the lungs and bronchus; 56 cases of colon and rectum cancer; 43 cases of cancer of the uterus; 34 cases of cervical cancer; 34 cases of prostate cancer; 18 cases of cancer of the liver; 16 cases of leukemia; and 12 cases of cancer of the stomach.

Sixty-eight percent of the CNMI’s adult cancers were tobacco-related, such as lung and bronchus cancer and oropharyngeal cancer.

The Non-Communicable Disease Programs of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation encourages women to take advantage of the programs available to them.

These include vouchers to help with the cost of breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic clinical procedures.

Roundtrip airfare assistance can also be provided to individuals from Tinian and Rota to Saipan for women who want to access breast cancer screening services at CHCC such as a mammogram.

For more information about programs related to breast cancer and screening, call the Non-Communicable Disease Programs at (670) 236-8711 or visit the CHCC Women’s Clinic from Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Staff Reporter

Richelle obtained a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications from the Far Eastern University in Manila, the Philippines. She was a junior reporter for Marianas Variety from 2009 to 2010, and from 2014 to 2015. In the Maldives, she worked as a news reporter and marketing executive. In her free time, she’s a painter, pianist, and mom baker. 

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