Cancer health hui gives lowdown on high risk
Giving people the knowledge to spot early signs of cancer is key to preventing serious illness and death, say health hui organisers.
The Wairau ‘Cancer Ko¯rero’ hui is being held on October 12 to help people get a better understanding of cancer and its symptoms.
Nelson Marlborough Health’s Ma¯ori Health and Vulnerable Population general manager Ditre Tamatea says reducing cancer illness and death among Ma¯ori is vital. He says reducing its impact is a ‘‘top priority’’.
‘‘Cancer causes the most illness and death among Ma¯ori and it is critical for us to work across many fronts to address this issue and reduce inequity,’’ he says.
The hui is aimed at the Ma¯ori population in particular. Cancer registration data from 2013 showed the rate of cancer in Ma¯ori was 27.6 per cent higher than in non-Ma¯ori.
Nelson Marlborough Health Ma¯ori health team spokeswoman Lorraine Staunton says early detection can make a big difference.
‘‘These hui are a great opportunity to be empowered with knowledge and understanding around cancer and this will contribute to better health outcomes for our wha¯nau.’’
‘‘We also want to stress the extreme importance of early detection, and to let wha¯nau know about the cancer pathways and processes available,’’ she says.
Lorraine says previous hui have given people the courage to take a serious look at personal health issues, and recognise how lifestyle choices contribute to higher risk factors.
‘‘These hui are a great opportunity to be empowered with knowledge and understanding around cancer and this will con- tribute to better health outcomes for our wha¯nau.’’
Nelson Marlborough Health, the Cancer Society, Te Piki Oranga and Nga¯ti Rarua are hosting the hui which will be held at 6pm at the Church of Nativity on Alfred St in Blenheim. A light supper will be provided. To register please contact Niki Waitai at Te Piki Oranga on 03 578 5980 or 027 836 6020, Te Hauora Nga¯ti Rarua on 03 579 4379 or Cancer Society Marlborough on 03 579 4379.