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16 May 2016

2016 Federal Election Submission

2016 Federal Election Submission

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) and the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) provided a joint submission to the two major parties contesting the 2016 federal election, the Liberal/National Coalition and the ALP.

The submission, A better journey for all Australians affected by cancer, calls for the development of a national cancer strategy in response to the increasing incidence of cancer in Australia. With Australia’s growing and ageing population, it is predicted that 150,000 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer in 2020, more than 40% more than the number of people diagnosed in 2007.

We support a national cancer strategy that addresses the full spectrum of the cancer journey – from prevention and screening through diagnosis and treatment to palliative and end of life care, and the need for ongoing research into treatments and a cure.

The submission uses breast cancer to demonstrate that, while good progress has been made to date, there is still much to be done. We have written the submission in terms Australian use to discuss their experiences of breast cancer: 

  • I need to know what I must do to reduce my chances of getting cancer
  • If I have cancer, I want it detected early to give me the best chance of survival
  • I have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer
  • I am living beyond breast cancer
  • I am living with secondary breast cancer
  • I am hopeful of further research discoveries that will help me and my daughters.

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