Cancer is the leading cause of death in New Zealand. Each year, around 23,000 people are diagnosed with cancer and 10,000 die from cancer.
The impact of cancer in New Zealand, measured in terms of health loss is declining steadily over time. This indicates overall cancer performance is improving steadily. However, people are living longer and age is a risk factor for cancer. So we expect the number of people diagnosed with cancer to rise due to our aging and growing population.
The Ministry has developed the cancer action plan (the Plan) in consultation with a number of sector stakeholders to ensure we work collaboratively to prevent cancer and improve detection, diagnosis, treatment and care after treatment for all New Zealanders.
The Plan sets out the actions required over the next 10 years to ensure better cancer outcomes. It has four main goals:
- New Zealanders have a system that delivers consistent and modern cancer care
- New Zealanders experience equitable cancer outcomes
- New Zealanders have fewer cancers
- New Zealanders have better cancer survival.
Feedback on the Plan
From 1 September 2019 to 13 October 2019, the Ministry of Health is seeking feedback from New Zealanders about the cancer action plan. There are two surveys open for public consultation.
- The first survey asks for New Zealanders’ experiences of cancer, whether they have had cancer themselves or supports someone with cancer.
- The second survey asks for specific feedback about the Cancer Action Plan 2019–29.
You are welcome to provide feedback on one or both surveys.