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Society marks National Day of Mourning

28 April 2015

Toronto -

Today, the Canadian Cancer Society marks National Day of Mourning – a time to honour workers who have lost their lives, been injured on the job or have fallen ill as a result of their work. We turn our thoughts to the families and loved ones who have been affected by these tragedies.
A growing number of Canadians are losing their lives or suffering from work-related illnesses like cancer. The Society is very concerned about occupational cancers and believes that workers should be protected from exposure to carcinogens in the workplace. Where exposure cannot be eliminated, it should be reduced to the lowest possible level.
Through research funded by the Society, we are leading the way in understanding the human and economic burden of workplace exposures in the hopes that one day, we will better inform industry leaders and policy makers about how to protect workers and ultimately prevent occupational cancers.

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