Cancer Council's $55m plan for change

CANCER Council Australia's chief says a $55 million three-year cancer plan would help reduce the disparity in cancer outcomes between regional and city areas.

The cancer group has released its list of election priorities, including $15 million over four years to increase participation in the national bowel cancer screening program to 60% by 2020.

Cancer Council Australia figures show this would help prevent about 1700 people dying from bowel cancer in regional Queensland in the long term.

Their statistics show the rate of diagnosis of bowel cancer was higher in the Sunshine Coast region than Brisbane.

Figures show every year about 63 people of every 100,000 in the region are diagnosed with bowel cancer. This is higher than Brisbane's diagnosis rate of 60.

When it came to deaths from bowel cancer, the Sunshine Coast region had about the same rate as Brisbane, where about 20 people for every 100,000 died.

Cancer Council Australia has also called on the next federal government to review the system for registering and subsidising medicines, run a national skin cancer prevention campaign every summer and fund a national social marketing campaign to encourage healthier weight, improved diets and increased physical activity.

The cancer group also wants the next government to increase cancer research funding in relation to disease burden.


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