More Māori and Pasifika people are likely to die of bowel cancer than any other ethnic group in New Zealand, according to a recent study.
With June being bowel cancer awareness month, every effort is being made to get the message across that bowel cancer is a killer.
However, if it’s diagnosed early enough, it can be treated and cured.
Following the recent study of 5000 patients published in the New Zealand Medial Journal, experts found Māori and Pasifka people are being seen too late.
Tagata Pasifika’s John Pulu spoke to two people who were both diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer.