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Cancer in Pacific populations

The aims of this project are:

  1. To conduct descriptive analyses of cancer incidence and mortality in four Pacific countries (Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, and Niue) and in Pacific people in New Zealand;
  2. To conduct a case-control study of breast cancer in women which will be conducted in the same four Pacific countries in parallel with a similar study in Pacific women in New Zealand.


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Foliaki S, Best D, 'Akau'ola S, Cheng S, Borman B, Pearce N. Cancer incidence in four Pacific countries: Tonga, Fiji Islands, Cook Islands and Niue. Pacific Health Dialogue, 2011; 17(1): 21-32. link icon
Dachs G, Currie M, McKenzie F, Jeffreys M, Cox B, Foliaki S, Le Marchand L, Robinson B. Cancer disparities in indigenous Polynesian populations: Māori, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific people. Lancet Oncol, 2008; 9(5): 473-84. link icon
Moore M, Baumann F, Foliaki S, Goodman M, Haddock R, Maraka R, Roder D, Koroivueta J, Vinit T, Whippy H, Sobue T. Cancer epidemiology in the Pacific Islands - past, present and future. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev, 2010; 11(S2): 99-106. link icon

July 2007



  • Dr Lepani Waqatakirewa
  • Ministry of Health, Fiji
  • Dr Siale 'Akau'ola
  • Ministry of Health, Tonga
  • Dr Semisi Aiono
  • Ministry of Health, Samoa
  • Dr Hale Paka
  • Department of Health, Niue
  • Dr Paolo Boffetta
  • International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France
  • Dr Marc Goodman
  • University of Hawaii
  • Professor George Davey Smith
  • University of Bristol, United Kingdom


  • Health Research Council of New Zealand
  • Tongan Ministry of Health