Position statements


Bowel (colorectal) screening

Published: 2019

Resource status: Current

This resource has been developed, reviewed or revised within the last 5 years.

Summary: The Cancer Society welcomes the introduction of the National Bowel Screening Programme (NBSP) and views this as a major milestone in cancer control in New Zealand. Population-based bowel screening will save lives and is cost-effective. This position statement includes information for adults about bowel screening.

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Sugary drinks (joint statement)

Published: 2016

Resource status: Current

This resource has been developed, reviewed or revised within the last 5 years.

Summary: Sugary drinks are no longer a looming public health crisis but a very real one. By working together and acting now, we can prevent obesity, a leading risk factor for some cancers. This joint consensus statement provides recommended policies for reducing sugary drink-related harms and guidance on reducing sugar intake.

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Breakthrough therapies and the introduction of a New Zealand Early Access to Medicines Scheme

Published: 2016

Resource status: Current

This resource has been developed, reviewed or revised within the last 5 years.

Summary: The Cancer Society urges the establishment of an Early Access to Medicines Scheme (EAMS) in New Zealand because of concerns around equity and the current decision-making processes. This statement was developed in response to the national debate around new immunotherapies for melanoma 

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 Alcohol and Cancer Risk

Published: 2014

Resource status: Currently undergoing review (2019)

Summary: Alcohol is a known risk factor for cancer, therefore for cancer prevention it’s best not to drink alcohol. This position statement provides information on alcohol and cancer risk and recommended policies for reducing alcohol-related harms.

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Breast Awareness

Published: 2013

Resource status: Current

Summary: The National Screening Unit (NSU), the Cancer Society of New Zealand and The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation recommend all women to be ‘breast aware’. This joint consensus statement provides guidance for women on what breast changes to look for as part of general body awareness. If a woman notices a change in her breast, she should see her family doctor without delay.

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E-cigarettes (vaping)

Published: 2018

Resource status: Current

This resource has been developed, reviewed or revised within the last 5 years.

Summary: The Cancer Society supports proportionate regulation for e-cigarettes (vapes) to help smokers to quit smoking whilst safeguarding non-smokers from taking them up.  This statement provides the position of the Cancer Society on e-cigarette regulation and policy.

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Folate and Reducing Cancer Risk

Published: 2011

Resource status: Currently under review

Summary: Based on current evidence, the benefits of folic acid fortification for reducing the incidence of neural tube defects outweigh any potential increased risk of cancer. Therefore the Cancer Society of New Zealand and Cancer Council Australia are not opposed to mandatory fortification of foods with folic acid. However careful monitoring of emerging evidence on any adverse effects of folic acid fortification, particularly cancer incidence, is required.

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Guidance on Overweight, Obesity and Cancer Risk

Published: 2009

Resource status: Currently under review

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Risks and Benefits of Sun Exposure in New Zealand

Risks and Benefits of Sun Exposure in New Zealand

Companion Statement on Vitamin D & Sun Exposure in Pregnancy and Infancy in NZ

Companion Statement on Vitamin D & Sun Exposure in Pregnancy and Infancy in NZ

Screening and Early Detection of Skin Cancer

Screening and Early Detection of Skin Cancer

Testing for Prostate Cancer

Testing for Prostate Cancer

Thermography and Breast Cancer

Thermography and Breast Cancer

Tobacco Control

Tobacco Control