Māori and Pacific women, and women living in some deprived or remote areas, face disparities in breast cancer treatment and survival. To get rid of these disparities, we need to know exactly where the problems are.
BCFNZ and the Health Research Council have awarded $200,000 to Dr Sandar Tin Tin at Auckland University. She will map the problem areas using data from the Breast Cancer Foundation National Register and Statistics New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure. The study will look at how breast cancer is diagnosed and treated in different regions, and patients’ survival. The maps Dr Tin Tin creates will be freely accessible by the public and will identify areas of need, so that NZ can improve equity in breast cancer care.