Fight cancer with your vote!

London North Centre candidates' debate tonight to focus on health and education

LONDON, ON, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - A debate tonight at the University of Western Ontario will give Londoners the opportunity to find out where London North Centre candidates stand on important health and education issues.

Hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society and the University of Western Ontario's Student Council and Society of Graduate Students and sponsored by the New 103.1 Fresh FM, the debate takes place Monday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., at UWO's University Community Centre, Room 315. Doors open at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

"In London and across the country, a Canadian faces cancer every three minutes," says Angie Woodcock, manager, Elgin-Middlesex Unit, Canadian Cancer Society. "It doesn't have to be that way — you can fight cancer with your vote."

Moderated by Dr. Paul Nesbitt-Larking, Professor of Political Science, UWO, the following candidates are attending the debate:

  • Liberal candidate: Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long Term Care
  • NDP candidate: Steve Holmes
  • Green Party candidate: Kevin Labonte

The Canadian Cancer Society is calling on all political parties in Ontario to take action on five priority issues:

  1. Enact legislation that protects youth from the dangers of indoor tanning
  2. Take a leadership role to ensure equitable access to cancer drugs for all Canadians living in Ontario
  3. Take measures to reduce exposure to carcinogens in the environment and workplace
  4. Implement a contraband tobacco control strategy in Ontario to reduce the availability of cheap illegal cigarettes
  5. Invest in healthy eating and active living policies that combat obesity

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. If you want to know more about our organization or if you would like information about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at1 888 939-3333.

Quick Facts on Indoor Tanning

Radiation emitted by indoor tanning equipment has been declared a known human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the world's authority on cancer.

Using tanning beds before the age of 35 increases a person's risk of developing melanoma skin cancer — the deadliest form— by 75%.

Melanoma is the most common skin cancer in young Ontarians aged 15 to 29 and yet the disease is mostly preventable.

Ultraviolet radiation emitted by indoor tanning equipment can be five times stronger than the mid-day summer sun.

Twenty-six per cent of young women aged 16 to 24 use indoor tanning equipment.

Nova Scotia, France, Australia and the UK have all implemented laws banning the use of indoor tanning equipment by youth. Brazil has banned the use of tanning equipment for cosmetic purposes since 2009.

SOURCE Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division)

For further information:

Media contact:

Angie Woodcock
Manager, Elgin-Middlesex Unit, Canadian Cancer Society
(519) 432-1137; awoodcock@ontario.cancer.ca

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