UV me­ter call for schools

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By GIO­VANNI TORRE

THE Can­cer Coun­cil WA is pur­su­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of UV me­ters at high schools as part of its State Elec­tion pri­or­i­ties.

The group also called for re­forms in the ar­eas of preven­tion, care, screen­ing/early de­tec­tion and re­search in Ned­lands on Fri­day.

Can­cer Coun­cil WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Su­san Rooney said some changes could come “at a small cost and make a big dif­fer­ence”.

She said UV me­ters at high schools would en­able stu­dents to be more aware of the dan­ger and en­cour­age them to take ap­pro­pri­ate sun smart mea­sures.

“This will re­duce the in­ci­dence of skin can­cer into the fu­ture,” Ms Rooney said.

Can­cer Coun­cil WA past pres­i­dent and breast can­cer sur­geon Chris­to­bel Saun­ders sup­ported the call for the next State Gov­ern­ment to act to re­duce the im­pact and in­ci­dence of can­cer, with 12,000 new cases di­ag­nosed ev­ery year and about 87,000 West Aus­tralians liv­ing with can­cer.

Pro­fes­sor Saun­ders said in com­par­i­son to other Aus­tralian states and ter­ri­to­ries, WA had seen “a very poor level of in­vest­ment in lo­cal can­cer re­search from suc­ces­sive state gov­ern­ments”.

Can­cer Coun­cil WA also called on the next State Gov­ern­ment to main­tain and build upon its cur­rent in­vest­ment in can­cer preven­tion ef­forts.

“We call on the next State Gov­ern­ment to com­mit $350,000 per an­num of ded­i­cated fund­ing for four years to en­able im­proved psy­cho­log­i­cal care and sup­port to reach more West Aus­tralians,” Ms Rooney said.

Can­cer Coun­cil WA also said the next State Gov­ern­ment had to im­ple­ment and re­source the rec­om­men­da­tions of the 2015 Can­cer Care Task­force.

She urged West Aus­tralians to join Can­cer Coun­cil WA’S on­line cam­paign at www.uniteda­gain­st­cancer.com.au.

Pic­ture: Gio­vanni Torre

Can­cer Coun­cil WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Su­san Rooney.

UV me­ters are good as pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures.

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