Cancer Control Agency:Maori suffering disproportionately
The Cancer Control Agency, Te Aho o Te Kahu, has released its first report on the state of cancer in New Zealand, which found that Maori still suffer disproportionately from the disease. It says if we are to improve our cancer survival rates in New Zealand focused action is needed, including addressing inequities, strengthening prevention, expanding screening and improving diagnosis and treatment for cancer. The report calls for further investment in prevention such as smoking cessation programmes and encouraging people to get vaccinated for HPV. Nathan Rarere discussed the report with the Cancer Society's medical director, Chris Jackson.