Sports & Recreation
 

Don’t Forget National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  By Sheila Begay
  Au-Authm Action News
 

October was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, proclaimed to unite those who are fighting breast cancer to have hope and to help spread awareness about this deadly disease. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2011, 220,097 women were diagnosed with breast cancer (40,931 died) and 2,078 men were diagnosed with male breast cancer (443 died). Do you know your risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer?


 

Aaron Makil’s Passion Ignites Major League Dreams

  By Sheila Begay
  Au-Authm Action News
 

“Playing club ball was when I realized that I loved playing baseball. [With] nonstop baseball and playing year-round, [I knew] I loved doing this,” said Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community youth Aaron Makil. Makil, 16, who is the son of Community members Jason and Rebecca Makil, is a junior at Westwood High School. His passion and love for baseball is his driving force. Who knows, we might just see him play in Yankee Stadium one day.



 

American Indians/Alaska Natives at Increased Risk of Developing Diabetic Eye Disease

  National Institutes of Health
  Special to Au-Authm Action News
 

Today, diabetes affects more than 29 million people in the United States or over 9 percent of the population. In addition, another 86 million American adults, more than one out of three individuals, have pre-diabetes, a condition that puts people at increased risk for diabetes. In fact, these statistics include many groups of American Indians and Alaska Natives. According to the Indian Health Service, almost 16 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives have diabetes. Among them, diabetes varies considerably in various regions, from 6 percent among Alaska Natives, to 24 percent among American Indians in southern Arizona. All people with diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, are at risk for diabetic eye disease, a leading cause of vision loss and blindness.