The Cancer Society works to create a future with less cancer by working at a local and central government level. The Cancer Society recommends evidence-based approaches to make population health gains. For example strategies that reduce the number of people who smoke such as plain packaging of tobacco products or increasing the tax on tobacco, mean that less people will smoke and less people will have a smoking related illness such as cancer.
Advocacy is about individuals and groups taking action to gather political support for and public acceptance of a health goal or programme. This can involve the use of mass media and social media, meeting with national and local body politicians and sending in submissions. It is important that decision makers are aware of people’s views. As part of our work in this area we encourage organisations and communities to speak out in support of issues they feel strongly about. Please click here to get involved in a current campaign and help us to create a future with less cancer.