July 09, 2014
Maori death risk from undetected prostate higher
Maori and rural men are less likely to be screened for prostate cancer and face higher mortality rates, a new study has found.
The three-year study by the Midland Cancer Network and researchers from the University of Auckland looked at access to and quality of care.
Study leader Professor Ross Lawrenson says while Maori men have an overall lower rate of prostate cancer than non-Maori men, they are more likely to die with and of prostate cancer.
He says the disease is costly not just to the health system but in the social, economic, psychological and physical effects affecting both the man and his family.
The study recommended further research to identify the reasons for higher mortality for Maori men, and more support for Maori men and their partners who identified a higher long-term need for assistance with the healthcare system and further information.
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