BCAC has responded to a call from Te Manatū Hauora (Ministry of Health) for input on the topic of Precision Health, which is being considered for inclusion in the next Long-term Insights Briefing to Government. BCAC’s Fay Sowerby has written a comprehensive submission, in which she describes how both precision health and precision medicine present huge opportunities for improvements in breast cancer care. Fay says that we are on the cusp of seeing a growing range of new tools to predict breast cancer risk and to identify who needs greater surveillance using new technologies. This increased precision will direct tests and treatments to those that need them most, at the time they most need them, and result in significant improvements in both quality of life and survival. Read more here.
In June 2023 BCAC provided a response to Manatū Hauora's second consultation on a draft briefing on Precision Health. Read our second response here.