What is Health Promotion?

The Focus of Health Promotion Action for the Cancer Society of New Zealand

Cancer is a major cause of disease, disability and death in New Zealand with 20,317 new registrations and 8566 deaths recorded in 2008 (Ministry of Health 2011). Although cancer is unlikely to be eradicated, its impact on the community can be lessened through an organised approach to reducing the number of people who develop or die from cancer, and improving the quality of life for those who develop the disease.

Towards this end the Cancer Society of New Zealand (CSNZ) utilises the New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy (Ministry of Health 2003) and the New Zealand Cancer Control Action Plan 2006-2010 (Ministry of Health 2006) which lists six goals and intended outcomes/results for each goal.