Ashley Burke-Sharp, from Anchorage, Alaska, has recently received an associates degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has also received an American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) certificate for classes taken for the Cancer Tumor Registrar studies, and received a certificate from the National Cancer Registrar Association (NCRA) for completing her practicum. Currently, Ashley is studying for the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) national exam with the hopes of being able to give back to her community in the field of cancer research.

Her goal is to become a cancer registrar, which is a data information specialist who collects and reports cancer statistics to aid cancer researchers, help evaluate cancer types, and support researchers and doctors in finding new treatments and preventative actions for different forms of cancer. She wants to be able to use all of this to help prevent cancer within the American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Ashley would like to leave a legacy to work in this area of assisting with cancer research to help current and future patients. She understands that it can be a 1 and 4 chance of someone being diagnosed with cancer, but specific populations may have a greater chance of being diagnosed with different forms of cancer. She hopes to work for a cancer hospital or the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center, but is currently working on studying for her national credentials.

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