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Cancer Council Victoria welcomes support for cancer patients

Tuesday 1 May, 2018

Cancer Council Victoria has welcomed a focus on supporting patients in today’s State Budget.

The Victorian Government has committed $2.1 million to enable more patients to access support through the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme.

Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper said the cost associated with parking, travel and accommodation for cancer treatment is a burden on a substantial number of patients, which has an impact on their psychosocial and financial stress.

“Our scheme has lagged behind other jurisdictions at compensating those in need.”

Mr Harper also welcomed a significant investment in hospital upgrades and equipment, including for regional hospitals.

Mr Harper said he hoped there would be opportunities in the near future for Governments to invest in priority areas such as obesity prevention.

“Nearly two thirds of Victorians are overweight and obese – a leading risk factor for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and 13 different cancers.”

We can prevent thousands of cancers through campaigns to reduce obesity as well as encouraging people to participate in bowel screening.

“Bowel cancer is Victoria’s second biggest cancer killer, claiming the lives of more than 1,300 Victorians each year. But, we know that if bowel cancer is detected at stage 1 or 2, there is a 98% to 90% chance of survival respectively, but too many people are ignoring the free and simple test mailed to our homes,” Mr Harper said.