20 Nov 2017

Extent of cancer epidemic in Pacific little understood

From , 6:04 am on 20 November 2017

The pooling of resources across the region is one option being put forward to address what researchers are calling another hidden epidemic in the Pacific: cancer.

A group of public health researchers, spearheaded by Massey University's Sunia Foliaki, says cancer is often boxed in with the non-communicable disease epidemic gripping the region.

However, he says this has led to cancer being overshadowed by other, more visible, diseases and programmes -- like diabetes or cadiovascular disease.

Dr Foliaki told Jamie Tahana that cancer is one of the region's biggest killers, but little is known about it and efforts to understand it are under-resourced.

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