Cancer Prevention Report released on World Cancer Day

on 4 February

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Today is World Cancer Day and, with a theme of closing the gap, it is fitting that today Te Aho o Te Kahu is releasing Pūrongo Ārai Mate Pukupuku, the Cancer Prevention Report.

pdf Pūrongo Ārai Mate Pukupuku Cancer Prevention... (2.66MB)

This report pulls together data, research and recommendations focused on preventing cancer all in one document. Our aim is to identify ways that we can create environments that support people to stay well.

Cancer is the leading cause of health loss in Aotearoa New Zealand with about 25,000 people diagnosed every year. Cancer is a complex condition, and it is not possible to predict who will develop cancer and who will not. However, half of all cancers are potentially preventable, by reducing everyone’s exposure to the cancer risk factors present in our environments.

This report focuses on what actions Aotearoa can take to stop cancers developing whenever possible – surely the very best way to reduce inequities and close the gap

Such a comprehensive report could not be written alone, and I want to acknowledge our partners in this work, Te Hiringa Hauora and the University of Otago Wellington.

Hei Āhuru Mōwai, Māori Cancer Leadership Group, and He Ara Tangata, our consumer reference group, have provided considerable thought and input to this report – thank you all. There are many people and organisations who have given their time and expertise to provide feedback including the Ministry of Health, Cancer Society and Health Coalition Aotearoa, again this is very much appreciated. This is a real team effort.

As an Agency, we look forward to seeing this report used to shape policies that will prevent cancers in the people of Aotearoa.


Ngā mihi


Prof Diana Sarfati (she/her)
Tumuaki, Chief Executive & National Director of Cancer Control
Te Aho o Te Kahu, Cancer Control Agency
Executive Assistant,


Te Aho o Te Kahu Cancer Control Agency

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