Ma¯ ori breast can­cer probed

The New Zealand Herald - - News - Emma Rus­sell

A study hopes to bet­ter un­der­stand why more Ma¯ori women are dy­ing of breast can­cer than any other eth­nic­ity across the coun­try.

Ma¯ori women were 65 per cent more likely to die from breast can­cer than non-Ma¯ori women.

“That num­ber is pretty shock­ing and we want to use this as an op­por­tu­nity to im­prove those health out­comes,” Waitem­ata Dis­trict Health Board di­rec­tor of health out­comes Dr Karen Bartholomew said.

Bartholomew, lead­ing the re­search, said ra­dio­ther­apy was an im­por­tant step in re­duc­ing longterm mor­tal­ity rates how­ever some groups of women — par­tic­u­larly Ma¯ori — were less likely to take it up or com­plete the treat­ment.

“There are a num­ber of fac­tors that in­flu­ence women’s de­ci­sion for treat­ment, whether that be the type of can­cer they have or how far they have to travel or var­i­ous other rea­sons.

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