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  • Australians to have say on new cancer plan

    Author: AAP

Although Australia has some of the best health outcomes in the world, cancer is still the leading cause of death nationwide. The federal government wants to change that.

About 137 Australians will die from cancer every day.

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In conjunction with Cancer Australia, the government is developing a new program that sets priorities, goals and ambitions to improve the lives and prognoses of those affected.

"Every Australian affected by cancer should have access to the best treatment and supportive care," Health Minister Mark Butler said.

The Australian Cancer Plan is still in its early stages, but Cancer Australia has invited the public to share feedback on the draft, which was informed by advice from organisations and individuals in the cancer control sector.

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"This government is committed to a national approach to support all people affected by cancer to reduce the impact of cancer and contribute to a healthier Australia," Mr Butler said.

Over a 10-year period, the scheme also seeks to eliminate disparities in cancer outcomes among specific demographics, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

"To achieve world-class cancer outcomes for all Australians, we need national action to address issues that contribute to variation in cancer outcomes and experience," Cancer Australia executive Professor Dorothy Keefe said.

Public consultation on the draft will close on December 16 and the final Australian Cancer Plan will be delivered to the health minister in April.

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