Native Affairs - Staying Abreast

By Semi Holland

Māori women are 21 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, 30 per cent less likely to be diagnosed early and 72 per cent more likely to die from breast cancer than non-Māori.

For those who survive, adjusting to life after breast cancer can be a long and arduous road. For some women, Breast Reconstruction is an important step on the path to recovery. However the uptake of this surgery among Māori women is very low. 

Last year we brought you the story of artist Rawinia Puna as she underwent breast reconstruction surgery. Our reporter Semiramis Holland continues to document her personal journey as she undergoes her next round of surgical procedures.

Warning, this story contains graphic images which some viewers may find disturbing.