Your say on cancer – findings by cancer type
For the 7 cancers the consultation found:
- a general perception that women are at lower risk than men
- surprise about risks associated with over consumption of red meat and processed meat
- low awareness and confusion around the screening process and eligibility.
- good awareness of the risks associated with obesity or alcohol consumption
- a strong perception that only binge alcohol consumption increased breast cancer risk
- strong support for the BreastScreen WA program.
- very good awareness of the link between smoking and lung cancer
- strong support for multifaceted tobacco control campaigns.
- very good awareness of the link between sun exposure and melanoma
- opportunities for improving sun protection messages at high schools
- strong support for banning commercial solaria.
- limited awareness of oesophageal and stomach cancer, including who is at risk, what the symptoms are, and how to prevent these cancers
- a lack of understanding around the definition of a healthy diet and the link between high salt intake and cancer.
- surprise that modifiable risk factors for prostate cancer are still not well understood
- strong support for screening, which is not supported by the most recent evidence.
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Public Health – Epidemiology Branch
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