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  •   Home > News > Health & Safety

    Researchers hope it's now easier for Maori to get tests to show whether they have a stomach cancer causing gene

    Researchers hope it's now easier for Maori to get tests to show whether they have a stomach cancer causing gene


    Otago University professor Parry Guilford was part of the research team who discovered in 1997 a gene mutation that made people more likely to get stomach cancer.

    He's now helped develop a new set of testing guidelines for it - which recommend any Maori person who gets stomach cancer is tested.

    Guildford says for the Maori population - 13 percent of stomach cancer sufferers have the faulty gene - as opposed to three percent of non-Maori.

    He says hundreds of people could be walking around - not realising they carry this deadly gene.

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