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Society welcomes commitment to cancer research and prevention

20 September 2015

Toronto -

 The Canadian Cancer Society welcomes proposed federal funding for a new Cancer Prevention Centre in British Columbia, as recently committed by the Conservative Party of Canada.

The $12.5 million commitment would help make the centre a world-class hub for excellence in cancer prevention, policy and programs. The Society hopes that all parties will support this important project as cancer crosses all political lines and touches all Canadians.

“According to data released in this year’s Canadian Cancer Statistics, 2 in 5 Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetime, and by 2030 the total number of cancer cases will increase by about 40%,” says Pamela Fralick, President and CEO, Canadian Cancer Society. “Health research and disease prevention are cornerstones of any meaningful plan to protect Canadians' health, sustain our healthcare system, and meet Canada's growing cancer challenge.”

With the active support of health, government, community, and business leaders, the centre will be a Canada-wide engine of innovation. Fuelled by new research findings, the centre will produce cancer prevention strategies and drive the adoption of best practices in cancer prevention, helping to save lives across Canada while creating jobs and new opportunities for Canadians.

“The centre will play a critical role in cancer prevention research and will aim to reduce the burden on Canada’s healthcare systems in the years ahead, particularly given our growing and aging population,” says Barbara Kaminsky, CEO of the Society’s B.C. and Yukon Division.

Research shows that about half of all cancers could be prevented, and reducing cancer incidence rates will also result in a decrease in the rates of other diseases including heart and lung disease, stroke and diabetes. The Cancer Prevention Centre hopes to ensure that half of all people expected to get cancer each year, don’t.

“The challenge of cancer is bigger than any single organization and we are proud to work with both national and provincial organizations to ensure that the fight against cancer remains strong and focused,” says Ms Fralick.

The Society is calling on all federal parties to make health a priority in the 2015 election campaign, and to support policies that will contribute to the eradication of cancer, the sustainability of our health systems, and enhanced quality of life for patients and their families.

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:

Rosie Hales

Communications Specialist

Canadian Cancer Society

National office

Phone: 416 934-5338