Position statements


End of Life Care

Published: 2020

Resource status: Current

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

Summary: 

The decision to confirm the Cancer Society’s position statement was prompted by the introduction of the End of Life Choice Bill in 2017. At the time of publication, the Bill is due to go to referendum at the 2020 General Election. While the Cancer Society remains neutral regarding the End of Life Choice Bill, the organisation is clear that a more critical focus should be better support for people nearing the end of life and their whānau.

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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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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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Sugary drinks

Published: 2016

Resource status: Current

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

Joint statement: NZ Dental Association, Cancer Society, Heart Foundation, Hāpai Te Hauora et al.

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

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

Joint statement: The National Screening Unit (NSU), the Cancer Society of New Zealand and The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation

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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Risks and Benefits of Sun Exposure in New Zealand

Published: 2012

Resource status: Current

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

Joint statement: Ministry of Health, Cancer Society, ACC et al.

Summary: For the general population (excluding pregnancy and infancy) sun protection is recommended between September and April, especially between 10am and 4pm. Between May and August some sun exposure is important. Sunbeds should always be avoided.  

People with a history of skin cancer, skin damage from the sun, or who are taking medicines that affect photosensitivity should use sun protection all year round. Sun protection should also be used throughout the year when at high altitudes or near highly reflective surfaces such as snow or water. Most people do not need to take Vitamin D supplements.

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

Published: 2013

Resource status: Current

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

Joint statement: Ministry of Health, Cancer Society, ACC et al.

Summary: Infants should not be exposed to direct sunlight. For pregnant women and infants who are mobile, the same sun safety messages apply as for the general public: sun protection is recommended between September and April, especially between 10am and 4pm. Between May and August some sun exposure is important. Sunbeds should always be avoided.  

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Folate and Reducing Cancer Risk

Published: 2011

Resource status: Current

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

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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PSA testing for prostate cancer

Published: 2011

Resource status: Currently under review

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Screening and early detection of skin cancer

Published: 2010

Resource status: Currently under review

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Thermography as a breast cancer screening or diagnostic tool

Published: 2010

Resource status: Current

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

Joint statement: The National Screening Unit (NSU), the Cancer Society of New Zealand, The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation and the Royal Australian and NZ College of Radiologists

Summary: The National Screening Unit (NSU), the Cancer Society of New Zealand, The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation and The New Zealand Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) do not support the use of thermography as a breast cancer screening or diagnostic tool as there is insufficient evidence to do so.

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Guidance on Overweight, Obesity and Cancer Risk

Published: 2009

Resource status: Currently under review

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