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Cancer awareness in Aotearoa New Zealand: Research

The Cancer Awareness in Aotearoa New Zealand (CAANZ) research programme is focused on raising awareness and uptake of cancer protective behaviours, at an individual/whanau level, and interventions to support these at organisational, community and policy levels.

Awareness is a broad term that encompasses knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about cancer risk and the cancer journey. Understanding and being able to modify awareness is an important part of encouraging uptake of healthy behaviours, both among individuals and also within the organisations which create the physical and policy environments that support or discourage healthy lifestyles.

Current cancer awareness projects

  • A decade of change - awareness of cancer protective factors in Aotearoa New Zealand from 2001-2014
  • Patterns of cancer information seeking, awareness of cancer support services and beliefs about early detection and treatment among NZ adults
  • Views on cancer among Māori adults - protective factors, services and helping strategies

Research team


  • A list of publications from the Cancer Awareness in Aotearoa New Zealand research programme will be forthcoming