SUPPORT CANADIANS LIVING WITH CANCER
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is a strong weapon in cancer prevention as it protects both females and males against HPV infections that can lead to almost all cases of cervical cancer, as well as a number of other cancers such as anal, penile, vaginal and vulvar, oral cavity and oropharyngeal. Current evidence tells us that the HPV vaccines are safe and most of the side effects that occur are not serious. The safety is being followed in Canada and other countries on an ongoing basis.
In Ontario, the current school-based HPV vaccination program has recently been changed and now includes boys and girls beginning in Grade 7. The Canadian Cancer Society was a strong voice for equal access to the vaccine and advocated on this issue for several years.
Establishing a national caregivers strategy
The Canadian Cancer Society is actively lobbying the federal government to establish a national caregivers strategy to ensure there is more financial support for this important group of people.