19 Aug 2013

Plea for Maori to get better prostate cancer information

6:47 am on 19 August 2013

The head of a prostate cancer taskforce says a greater effort is to be made to improve understanding among Maori communities about prostate cancer.

The Health Ministry taskforce reported in May that inequities between Maori and others over prostate cancer are of great concern.

It says Maori men are 25% less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than non-Maori men, but are 50% more likely to die from the disease.

Prostate cancer specialist John Nacey says better information is in the pipeline to help address that.

He says he's aware of some extremely useful public information in the form of brochures and other handouts that are going to be available to Maori men, which will at least be a start in getting the issues sorted out.