Cancer in Pacific people in New Zealand: a descriptive study.

Foliaki, S; Jeffreys, M; Wright, C; Blakey, K; Pearce, N; (2004) Cancer in Pacific people in New Zealand: a descriptive study. Pacific health dialog, 11 (2). pp. 94-100. ISSN 1015-7867

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Non-Maori Pacific people constitute a significant and rapidly growing population in New Zealand. An accompanying change in lifestyle associated with changing socio-economic environments results in a change in disease patterns including cancer. The paucity of reliable data on cancer necessitates our effort to contribute to the control of cancer by reviewing the available information. Our study indicates a high incidence among non-Maori Pacific people of some cancers of public health importance as well as a disproportionately high mortality rate compared to non-Maori, non-Pacific people in New Zealand. In addition, we challenge previous documentation of a significant and high incidence of cervical cancer among Pacific women compared to non-Pacific people in New Zealand. We also identified the need to remedy the inadequacy in data quality as part of any strategy to prevent and control the rising incidence and mortality attributed to cancer among non-Maori Pacific people. In addition we have commenced regional training on cancer epidemiology and propose further cancer studies in both New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Medical Statistics
Research Centre: Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 16281685


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