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Your Voice Counts

10 April 2015

Charlottetown, PE -

Canadian Cancer Society Asks Islanders About Cancer Priorities

Your Voice Counts

How do you think cancer rates can be reduced and care improved on Prince Edward Island?   The Canadian Cancer Society, P.E.I. Division, wants to hear from Islanders to help establish priorities in the fight against cancer.

In an on-line survey, the Society is gathering ideas and opinions to strengthen its message to candidates in the May 4th provincial election.

PEI has among the highest cancer rates in the country.  The Canadian Cancer Society wants to ensure Islanders understand these disturbing facts so when they speak with political candidates they can express their concerns about the province’s current situation.

“This is an opportunity to convince individuals seeking election that more needs to be done in the fight against cancer in this province,” says Ken Hubley, chair of the P.E.I. Division’s board of directors.   “We will be calling upon the newly-elected government to adopt public policies that will protect the health of Islanders and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer.”

The survey asks questions about access to care, Island cancer rates, cosmetic pesticides, support to help Islanders quit smoking and the need to ban flavoured tobacco.

The survey is short – a dozen questions – and should take about five minutes to complete.  It is available on-line at www.cancer.ca or link directly:

http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/vb/ccs-advocacy-public-poll-2015/

Those without computer access can participate by calling 1-866-566-4007.

Islanders have until midnight Sunday, April 19th, to complete the survey.

The Canadian Cancer Society will present survey results to candidates of all political parties.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization dedicated to preventing cancer, saving lives and supporting people living with cancer through research funding, services and advocacy. It’s Canada's largest charity fighting all types of cancer and leading authority on cancer statistics and information. To learn more, call 1 888-939-3333 or visit cancer.ca.

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For more information contact:
Claire Nantes
Cancer Prevention Coordinator
Canadian Cancer Society, PEI Division
cnantes@pei.cancer.ca
902-218-6385