Canadian Cancer Society CEO responds to leaders' debate
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TORONTO, Sept. 27, 2011 /CNW/ - Tonight's leaders' debate included a
mention of one healthcare issue that thousands of Ontarians live with
every day… cancer, but the discussion stopped there. How are political
parties intending to take action to prevent cancer and to help
Ontarians who are living with the disease?
"Cancer touches everyone. This is an issue about which the public
remains passionate,'' says Martin Kabat, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society,
Ontario Division in reaction to the leaders' debate.
As part of its mission through advocacy efforts, the Society puts
cancer-related issues on the political radar.
"Public policies that prevent cancer or benefit patients are issues that
will always be supported by the people of Ontario," says Kabat.
Protecting people from exposure to carcinogens, restricting youth under
18 from indoor tanning and ensuring patients have access to cancer
drugs are among the Society's election recommendations.
Here's what Ontarians say:
In a Canadian Cancer Society poll1 conducted earlier this week by Ipsos Reid, results show that 91% of
Ontarians agree the next Ontario government should ensure all consumer
and household products that contain known cancer-causing substances are
labelled with a warning or symbol.
A March 2011 Society poll2 found that 83% of Ontarians support a ban on indoor tanning by youth
under 18 years. The Society is calling on the next provincial
government to protect the health of youth under 18 from the dangers of
indoor tanning, which has been directly linked to cancer.
Equitable access to cancer drugs
A national poll3 conducted by the Society in September 2010 found that a large majority
of Canadians — 85% — said that, if they were diagnosed with cancer, the
cost of drugs would have a negative impact on their personal finances.
The Society is calling on the next Ontario government to fund all drugs
recommended by the experts at Cancer Care Ontario.
"Given the lessons we have learned in the fight against tobacco, we
cannot wait. We are asking candidates, if elected, to make a commitment
now and act on it," says Kabat.
"The fight against tobacco has taught us how to collect support and push
hard on important health issues that will change lives. If the goal is
to have a healthier Ontario and reduced burden upon our healthcare
system the next government should act on our recommendations now."
The Canadian Cancer Society encourages all Ontarians to fight cancer
with their vote. Before heading to the polls on October 6, people
should ask their candidates where they stand and vote for the person
they believe will do the most to prevent cancer and save lives. Visit www.cancer.ca/OntarioElection2011 to send local candidates the message that cancer issues matter.
About the Canadian Cancer Society
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.
1Ipsos Reid poll conducted between September 21 to 26, 2011 with an
online sample size of 816 of Ontarians aged 18+. The estimated margin
of error is +/- 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
2Ipsos Reid poll conducted between June 6 to 9, 2011 with an online
sample size of 822 of Ontarians aged 18+. The estimated margin of error
is +/- 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
3Pollara poll conducted between September 9 to 13, 2010, an online survey
among a representative sample of 2,334 Canadians aged 18 and over was
conducted. The margin of error typically associated with a sample of
this size would be +/- 2 per cent, 19 times out of 20.
Image with caption: "Martin Kabat, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division. (CNW Group/Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110927_C7192_PHOTO_EN_3969.jpg
Audio with caption: "Martin Kabat Post Debate Comments". Audio available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2011/09/27/20110927_C7192_AUDIO_EN_3968.mp3
SOURCE Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division)
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