New Zealand’s Cancer Control Strategy sets principles and goals to guide actions to control cancer. Cancer control is an organised approach to reducing the incidence and impact of cancer.
The goals of the New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy are to:
- reduce the incidence of cancer through primary prevention
- ensure effective screening and early detection to reduce cancer incidence and mortality
- ensure effective diagnosis and treatment to reduce cancer morbidity and mortality
- improve the quality of life for those with cancer, their family and whānau through support, rehabilitation and palliative care
- improve the delivery of services across the continuum of cancer control through effective planning, coordination and integration of resources and activity, monitoring and evaluation
- improve the effectiveness of cancer control in New Zealand through research and surveillance.
All activities undertaken to achieve these goals should:
- work within the framework of the Treaty of Waitangi to address issues for Maori
- reduce health inequalities among different population groups
- ensure timely and equitable access for all New Zealanders to a comprehensive range of health and disability services, regardless of ability to pay
- be of high quality
- be sustainable
- use an evidence-based approach
- reflect a person-centred approach
- actively involve consumers and communities
- recognise and respect cultural diversity
- be undertaken within the context of a planned, coordinated and integrated approach.