Canadian Cancer Society Welcomes Renewed Funding for Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

10 March 2011

Toronto -

The Canadian Cancer Society welcomes today’s announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to renew its support for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC).

CPAC will receive $250 million over five years to continue the implementation of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control.

“The Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control draws on the strengths of many committed organizations, including the Canadian Cancer Society, to work together to lessen the impact of cancer in this country,” says Peter Goodhand, CEO and President, Canadian Cancer Society. “This renewed funding will allow valuable work to continue in preventing cancer, saving lives and supporting people living with cancer.”

In November 2006, the Federal Government announced the creation of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer – an independent, not-for-profit organization which works to reduce the impact of cancer in Canada through the implementation of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control.

“The Society was a pivotal member of the cancer community that came together to develop the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control and we advocated strongly for its funding and implementation,” says Goodhand. “We have been contributing to the work of CPAC and we look forward to continuing to work with our partners in fighting cancer in Canada.

“Together we are driving excellence in cancer and chronic disease prevention, screening, and cancer care, and focusing on improving the cancer journey for patients and their families. An important part of this work is continuing joint efforts with First Nations, Inuit and Métis partners to address their unique cancer control needs and reduce the impact of cancer and chronic diseases in their communities. Our ultimate goal is to make more inroads into preventing cancer so we’ll see fewer Canadians diagnosed with this disease in the future.”

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Christine Harminc

Senior Manager, Communications & Media Relations

Canadian Cancer Society

Phone: 416 934-5340