2 Feb 2021

Hopes new cancer report will result in meaningful change for Māori

From Midday Report, 12:17 pm on 2 February 2021

There is hope that the first report from the country's new Cancer Control Agency, Te Aho o Te Kahu, will result in meaningful change to the system for Māori.

The report, released this morning, shows Māori are still twice as likely as non-Māori to die from the disease, despite cancer survival rates for all ethnicities improving over the last 20 years.

Jason Gurney is a Māori epidemiologist and director of Otago University's Cancer and Chronic Conditions Research Group.

He spoke to Emma Hatton.