10 Aug 2020

Testing expected to save Māori from stomach cancer

From Midday Report, 12:41 pm on 10 August 2020

A research team hopes Māori lives will be saved with a new testing criteria for stomach cancer.

The University of Otago and Kimihauora Reseach Clinic have developed the new criteria to make it easier for Māori to be tested for the genetic mutation that leads to the cancer. 

Māori are three times more likely to get stomach cancer than Pākeha, and there are likely to be several hundred Māori unaware they are at risk. 

Māni Dunlop spoke to Senior Lecturer in Te Tumu - the University of Otago's School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, Dr Karyn Paringatai - who helped develop the testing criteria.