February 4th is World Cancer Day

03 February 2012

Montreal, QC -

“Preventing cancer is possible.”

Each year the World Health Organization (WHO), along with the International Union Against Cancer, reminds everyone on World Cancer Day that the disease is the leading cause of death in the world.

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) takes advantage of this event to remind everyone that the number of new cancer cases and deaths from cancer continues to increase with regularity as the population increases and grows older. Last year in Quebec there were 46,500 new cases of cancer (177,800 in all of Canada) and some 20,100 deaths from cancer in Quebec (75,000 in all of Canada).

In 2012, the messages sent out on World Cancer Day carrying the theme, “Preventing cancer is possible,” show us how to get there by adopting healthy lifestyles. In fact it is proven that a healthy lifestyle combined with public policies can help individuals avoid about 5 out of 10 cancer cases.

But beyond the willingness of individuals, the CCS believes that an environment and favourable conditions are required to carry out change. Because of this the CCS encourages and supports Quebecers in the adoption and maintenance of healthy lifestyles, advocates with governments to have laws and public policies to protect the health of Canadians.

“The Canadian Cancer Society believes that prevention provides formidable potential in the fight against cancer,” stated Jean-Daniel Hamelin, Director of Public Affairs for the Quebec Division of the Canadian Cancer Society. “To diminish the number of new cases of cancer we have to act on avoidable causes, the most important being smoking, bad nutrition, a sedentary nature, exposure to UV rays and certain substances in the environment.”

CCS Key Messages about Prevention

Live well. Adopt healthy lifestyles.

• Do not smoke and don’t expose yourself to second-hand smoke.

• Maintain a healthy weight. Exercise and eat healthy foods (namely fruits and vegetables).

• Be aware of the risks associated with alcohol.

• Protect your skin. Be careful in the sun and avoid tanning salons.

Be aware. Take care of yourself.

• Get to know your body and be on the lookout for signs of cancer.

• Let your doctor know about any changes in the state of your health.

• Take screening exams for early detection of cancer.

• Verify your family history with cancer.

• Learn how hormones and infections can affect your risk of cancer.

• Avoid contact with dangerous substances at work and at home.

Get involved. Contribute to reducing the risks for everyone.

• Sensitize those in your surroundings and community to cancer prevention.

• Demand public policies that facilitate the adoption of healthy lifestyles for everyone.

• Learn how you can help the CCS now in the fight for change and to be a part of the solution.

To learn more about our activities and services, visit cancer.ca and facebook.com/sccquebec, or call our Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

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:

André Beaulieu

Spokesperson and Senior Advisor, Public Relations

Canadian Cancer Society

Quebec Division

Phone: (514) 393-3444