The Cancer Council of WA will enlist the help of 50,000 of its supporters to make cancer funding an election priority.
As part of its campaign launched today, the council will encourage the thousands of people on its database to write to or email the leaders of the major parties to let them know that addressing key cancer issues should be a priority for the next government.
An election priorities document will be sent to all candidates for the State election for their response.
The three issues identified by the council for this election are critical shortages in the cancer workforce, the need for a significant increase in funding for health and medical research and more action on the identification and removal of asbestos in the community.
Council president Winthrop Professor Christobel Saunders said she believed there would be strong support in the community for the cancer priorities identified for the election campaign.
“With almost 11,000 West Australians diagnosed with cancer every year, this translates to many thousands more family members, friends and colleagues who are also impacted by cancer,” she said.
“In addition, it’s estimated there are more than 75,000 people in WA currently living with cancer, so our hope is these people, along with their families and friends, will let the politicians know that they want to see action.
“The aim is to start a letter-writing campaign of such volume that it can’t be ignored.”