Ma¯ ori breast cancer probed
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.