Background. Cancer, a rare disease in the 1950s, is now the leading cause of death among Alaska Natives (AN). Methods. Building on AN rich traditions of storytelling to share knowledge and wisdom, a 45 minute play, Understanding, was developed to address cancer-related issues specific to AN. Results. Written audience evaluations assessed the impact of this theater-based education. After seeing the play, 327 (94.5%) people reported feeling more comfortable talking about cancer, 265 (66.1%) shared that they had learned about cancer, and 234 (61.7%) wrote healthy ways they intended to change their behavior. Conclusion. A postplay discussion provided an opportunity for the audience to share their stories, concerns, beliefs, and feelings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-48
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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