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Canadian Cancer Society applauds promise to increased support to caregivers

18 March 2016

Regina -

For immediate release

March 17, 2016

 

Canadian Cancer Society applauds promise to increase support for caregivers

 

REGINA –

The Canadian Cancer Society welcomes today’s campaign promise by Saskatchewan Party Leader Brad Wall to extend compassionate care benefits from the current 8 weeks to 26 weeks if re-elected. This would make Saskatchewan the first province to provide this length of job protection for family caregivers.

“An improved compassionate care benefit would allow family caregivers to take time off work in order to provide care and support for a critically ill loved one,” says Donna Ziegler, Director of Cancer Control Policy, Canadian Cancer Society, Saskatchewan Division.

“Cancer patients and their families shouldn’t have to worry about their jobs or their incomes, but the reality is that every year cancer costs Canadians about $3 billion in lost wages,” she says.

If implemented, this important commitment will make the lives of family caregivers easier. Supporting family caregivers is a critical step toward guaranteeing all Canadians have access to proper palliative care. About 80% of Canadians requiring palliative care are cancer patients.

The Society is calling on all parties to make health a priority in the 2016 election campaign, and to support policies that will contribute to the eradication of cancer, the sustainability of our health systems and enhanced quality of life for people who have cancer and their families.

For more information on our election issues visit www.cancer.ca.

 

Media contacts:

Donna Ziegler
Director Cancer Control
306-790-9876 (w)

 

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.