Cancer Research Week

29 October - 3 November 2018

It’s time to double-down on cancer prevention

More than 30% of cancers are preventable.  That means that a staggering 8,000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with potentially preventable cancer each year.

In 2018, the Cancer Society’s Cancer Research Week explores cancer prevention and what we can do to “stop cancer before it starts”. 

Research tells us that the three biggest risk factors for cancer are tobacco, obesity and alcohol.  They are associated with a range of cancers, including the three most common cancers in New Zealand: lung, breast and bowel cancer.

The Cancer Society is using Cancer Research Week to call for bold steps to curb the dramatic harm caused by these “big three” risk factors.

The society’s medical director, Dr Chris Jackson, says cancer is the number one cause of death in New Zealand and there’s no more time to waste.

“We have to “double down” on prevention.  We know that if we carry on the same path as we are now, then we’ll be having the same conversation in 10-years.  We need to care for our community by taking bold action now and that means we need the courage to implement good strong preventative policies,” he says.

Dr Jackson says strong policies should focus on changes to our environment so that tobacco, unhealthy food and alcohol are not so all-pervasive.

The keynote event of the Cancer Society’s Cancer Research Week is a one-day symposium Stop Cancer Before it Starts: Saving lives with effective tobacco, alcohol and obesity policies.  

It features international experts Professor Gerard Hastings from the UK and Professor Anna Peeters from Australia and is open to those working in the health sector.

Marketing expert Professor Hastings will explore the power of advertising unhealthy foods, alcohol and tobacco to children and young people.

Public health expert Professor Peeters explores why those in lower socio-economic groups have a higher rate of obesity and examines effective policies to address this growing public health challenge.

The one-day symposium will be followed by two workshops which explore alcohol and obesity and their links to cancer in greater detail.

If you’re in the health sector and interested in attending the one-day symposium, please register here.