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Thursday, 14 March 2013
Page: 2152

Skin Cancer

Debate resumed on the motion:

That this House:

(1) notes:

(a) the incidence of skin cancer in Australia is the highest in the world and is two to three times that seen in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom; and

(b) that skin cancers account for around 80 per cent of all newly diagnosed cancers in Australia;

(2) supports policies that focus on early detection which will in turn significantly reduce the number of Australian lives lost to skin cancer every year;

(3) notes the importance of training for general practitioners to ensure that family doctors are able to recognise, diagnose and treat the various forms of precursors or early stages of skin cancer; and

(4) acknowledges the work of anti-cancer community organisations, the medical fraternity and the pharmaceutical industry in increasing awareness of skin cancer and risk prevention strategies, promoting the importance of regular skin checks and facilitating affordable access to skin checks and early stage treatments.

Question agreed to.