Position statements outline the Cancer Society's views on specific health issues.
The National Screening Unit (NSU), the Cancer Society of New Zealand and The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation recommend all women to be ‘breast aware’. This joint consensus statement provides guidance for women on what breast changes to look for as part of general body awareness.
Thermography and Breast Cancer
The National Screening Unit (NSU), the Cancer Society of New Zealand, The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation and The New Zealand Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) do not support the use of thermography for breast cancer screening or a diagnostic tool.
Vitamin D and Sun Exposure in Pregnancy and Infancy
Infants should not be exposed to direct sunlight. For pregnant women and infants who are mobile, the same sun safety messages apply as for the general public: sun protection is recommended between September and April, especially between 10am and 4pm. Between May and August some sun exposure is vital
Breakthrough therapies and the New Zealand Early Access to Medicines Scheme
It is highly unusual for the Cancer Society to get involved in any national debate around the funding of particular cancer drugs. However, in the case of the new immunotherapies for melanoma, we have made an exception for reasons of equity, evidence and deep concerns about decision processes.