Cancer Council Victoria has welcomed a strong focus on cancer prevention in today's State Budget, which includes a range of initiatives designed to reduce the impact of cancer on Victoria.
Projects in the 2015 State Budget that will help prevent skin cancers, occupational and environmental cancers and those related to smoking include:
Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper said such work was a smart investment when considering a third of all cancers are preventable.
"The money being spent on prevention today will reduce the burden of disease in Victoria for years to come," Mr Harper said. "Every dollar spent on the SunSmart program, for example, results in a $3.60 saving to the Victorian health system. We are also seeing falling melanoma rates in people who have grown up seeing Slip, Slop, Slap on their screens."
All up, the State Government has promised $15.2 million over the next four financial years for SunSmart to run education campaigns that highlight the dangers of sun exposure and provide more shading in public areas.
A key objective of Quitline in 2015-2016 will be reducing higher smoking rates among low socioeconomic groups, young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians and those experiencing mental illness.
Mr Harper said the Cancer Council was looking forward to working with the Government on ensuring obesity prevention is a priority given the link between obesity and overweight and many cancers.