THE Cancer Council has called on the next NSW Government to remove junk food advertising from state-owned property, fund more public lymphoedema services, and crack down on smoking and tobacco laws ahead of the March 23 election.
At a “candidates forum” in Charlestown on Tuesday, Cancer Council advocates asked the sitting Labor MPs and Independent and Greens candidates in attendance to commit to take action on key issues to reduce the impact of cancer.
Breast cancer survivor, Nicole Childs, said about 22,000 people in NSW suffered from lymphoedema – the chronic swelling in one or more body parts – following cancer treatment. But they were waiting “months” for their first appointments within the public system.
Dietetic clinician Dr Dianne Volker called for junk food advertising to be removed from state-owned buses and trains, and CAN’s Sarah Lukeman asked candidates to ban tobacco vending machines and crack down on laws to protect hospitality workers from second-hand smoke in bars and clubs.