Plea to put cancer at top of priorities

South Western Times
GEN Cancer Council WA chief executive Ashley Reid .
Camera IconGEN Cancer Council WA chief executive Ashley Reid . Credit: Iain Gillespie The West Australian

With the upcoming State Election, Cancer Council WA is calling on the next State Government to make cancer its number one health priority, with 33 West Australians now diagnosed with cancer every single day.

Launching the Cancer Priority #1 Manifesto, Cancer Council WA CEO, Ashley Reid said it was important the next State Government continued working with Cancer Council WA to more effectively prevent and treat cancer.

“Latest estimates show 1.9 million Australians will have a personal history of cancer by 2040; that’s another 800,000 people living with or beyond cancer,” Mr Reid said.

“However, one in three cancers are preventable. It’s only with the support of the next government that we can make the huge inroads that are now within our reach, and improve the health outcomes for thousands upon thousands of West Australians.

“We have contacted every sitting MP in WA and reached out to candidates urging them to make cancer the number one priority at the State election.”

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