Cancer Trends: Trends in Cancer Incidence by Ethnic and Socioeconomic Group, New Zealand 1981–2004

Published online: 
02 December 2010


This report presents trends in ethnic and socioeconomic inequalities in the incidence of 28 cancers over a quarter of a century (1981–2004). It is the first report to document these inequalities in a comprehensive, consistent and reliable way.

The report finds wide and generally increasing ethnic (and, to a lesser extent, socioeconomic) inequalities in tobacco-related cancer incidence. Inequalities in non-tobacco-related cancer incidence were smaller and trends varied. Of particular note is the steep reduction in ethnic inequalities in cervical cancer incidence, at least partly the result of improving uptake of screening among Maori and Pacific women. Ethnic inequalities in colorectal cancer incidence are also narrowing – but this results from increasing rates among Maori and Pacific ethnic groups (who previously experienced very low incidence).

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    02 December 2010
  • Hardcopy date of publication:
    02 December 2010
  • ISBN:
    978-0-478-36618-1 (Online), 978-0-478-37402-5 (print)
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  • Citation:
    Blakely, T., Shaw, C., Atkinson, J., Tobias, M., Bastiampillai, N., Sloane, K., Sarfati, D., & Cunningham, R. 2010. Cancer Trends: Trends in Incidence by Ethnic and Socioeconomic Group, New Zealand 1981-2004. Wellington: University of Otago, and Ministry of Health
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
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