June 26, 2013
Wahine Māori encouraged to get cervical smears
A Canterbury Māori health provider is concerned Māori women are twice as likely not to have had a cervical smear than non-Māori.
Lovey Ratima-Rapson from The Waka Tapū says 48 percent of Māori women in the Canterbury District Health Board area are not having regular cervical smear tests, compared with 25 percent of non-Māori women.
She says regular cervical smears from the age of 20 to 70 can reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer by 90 percent.
She says He Waka Tapū also has a successful transport programme to get wahine to breast screening.
Ko te pānga ō te matepukupuku ki ngā wāhine Māori
Tata ki te rima tekau ōrau ō ngā wāhine Māori kāore i te haere ki te tākuta kia āta tirohia rātou mō te mate pukupuku ki te whare tangata.
Ko te tatauranga mō ngā wāhine ehara i te Māori, ko te rua tekau mā rima ōrau, nā whai anō te maanukanuka ō Lovey Ratima-Rapson ō te Rātonga Hauora ō He Waka Tapu i Ōtautahi.
Hei tāna, mē kakama ake ngā wāhine Māori, kei mate kuri noa iho i taua mate kino rā.
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