October 05, 2018
Wahine Maori urged to screen breasts
Broadcaster Stacey Morrison is urging Māori women to sign up for breast screening.
She’s just had her first free mammogram with BreastScreen Aotearoa at the age of 45 – the same age her mother died of breast cancer – and turned the experience into a new video for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Just under two thirds of wāhine Māori take advantage of the free two-yearly mammograms compared with the national rate of 71.5 percent.
Māori have a 65 percent higher breast cancer mortality rate than non-Māori, but when their cancer is found on a mammogram, their survival is the same as non- Māori.
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