60% of high-priority research goes unfunded.
Dr. Richard Lessard is a medical specialist in community health. He is a member of the Collège des médecins du Québec and of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In August 1992, he was appointed Director of Public Health with the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor with the Université de Montréal’s Department of Social and Preventive Medicine and McGill University’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
In the past decade, Dr. Lessard has been a member of the Governing Council for the Canadian Population Health Initiative and has sat on the board of directors of the Canadian Institute for Health Information. He has also been a member of Health Canada's Science Advisory Board and of the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health.
In addition, Dr. Lessard is a member of the board of directors of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ). In September 2006, he was mandated by the Public Health Agency of Canada to work at the World Health Organization, in Geneva, where he contributed to the development of the Global Cancer Control Strategy.
“I regularly encounter people with cancer, and I wanted to become involved with the Canadian Cancer Society to do my part and help make a difference in the fight against cancer.”
Great progress has been made
Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.