Cancer Council WA has welcomed the launch of the WA Cancer Plan 2020-2025 and says it will hold the State Government to account on its commitment to cancer research and prevention outlined in the framework.
Our CEO, Ashley Reid, said it was imperative the reduction of cancer burden for Western Australians remained the number one priority for the government during the next five years.
"Cancer is the leading cause of disease burden in WA with around 12,000 West Australians hearing the words ‘you have cancer' every year," Mr Reid said.
"Between 30 to 40 per cent of cancer cases can be prevented through reduced exposure to risk factors, so it's imperative prevention campaigns such as Make Smoking History , SunSmart, and LiveLighter continues to be a focus.
"In addition, early detection and screening programs lead to long term reduction in cancer incidence and subsequent savings for the WA health system."
Mr Reid said it was also pleasing to see a focus on psycho-social support.
"There is a lot of scientific evidence which shows patients who have good support around them have better outcomes than those who don't," he said.
"As WA's leading cancer charity, every day we're working to support families, prevent cancer, and save lives."
Mr Reid said the Minister and the Department of Health are to be commended for the robust consultation process.
"The State Government consulted with a vast number of stakeholders to develop this plan, and as the state's leading cancer charity we are very proud to be involved," he said.
"As Cancer Council WA is independent from government, evidence-based and donor funded, our role during the next five years will be to hold the department to account for implementation on behalf of our donors and beneficiaries."
 Epidemiology Branch, 2017. Cancer related hospitalisations and deaths in Western Australia, 2016 and 2017 (unpublished), Perth: Department of Health, Western Australia.