The Cancer Council wants the next state government to commit $41 million to plugging serious gaps in the state's cancer workforce.
The council says there is a widening disparity between the growing number of cancer cases and the shortage of cancer medical and support staff.
Council Chairwoman and cancer surgeon Professor Christobel Saunders says staff shortages are affecting services from cancer diagnosis through to treatment.
"It's across the board and it's only going to get worse," she said.
"You know, one in three of us will get cancer and I think we all need to think of that in the future."
A cancer patient has called on politicians to solve the problem.
Jodi Austin is a primary school teacher and mother of three who has spent the past eight months in Perth undergoing treatment for leukemia.
She says she faced an anxious wait for test results and had to wait weeks to get into medical accommodation in Perth.
She says politicians need to act because she has seen many other patients have it much worse.
"You'll go into a waiting room and you can't even get a seat in the haematology department because it is just full of people waiting to see someone or requiring further treatment," she said.
The Cancer Council acting CEO Terry Slevin says they will email 50,000 West Australians urging them to write to politicians on the issue.
"Let your political candidates know, let the leaders of the parties know, let the health spokespeople know," he said.
"Take advantage the election presents."
The council is also calling for the establishment of a state-wide asbestos database to identify all buildings containing the harmful material.
Mr Slevin says almost 5,000 West Australians have died of asbestos-related illnesses.
He says creating a database would be costly and time-consuming but could also save lives.
"Whether they're doing renovations or there's demolition going on or in circumstances of disaster, it's important people know where the asbestos is, and be confident of how to identify it, and to manage it safely," he said.
"It's very, very hard to manage any problem unless you know exactly what it is you're dealing with; identifying where the asbestos is, is a logical starting point.
"We don't pretend it's a simple task, we don't pretend it can be done overnight but it's a piece of work that needs to be done."
The Cancer Council hopes to meet with political leaders over the coming weeks.