Canadian Cancer Society invests $1.5M to boost lung cancer research



    TORONTO, Sept. 20 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased to
announce the launch of a new research initiative to fight lung cancer, the
leading cause of cancer for men and women.
    The Ontario division of the Society will contribute $1.5 million to
initiate a lung cancer research fund that will support research into every
aspect of lung cancer with the ultimate goal of improving survival and
enhancing the lives of people living with the disease.
    "We recognize the need to fund more research in lung cancer, the leading
cause of cancer death in Canada," says Peter Goodhand, CEO, Ontario Division,
Canadian Cancer Society. "Thanks to the efforts and generosity of our
volunteers and donors in Ontario, we can now contribute this significant
funding to research into this disease that has a devastating impact on many
Canadians."
    The Board of Directors of the Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division,
provided full support for this lung cancer research investment in January of
this year. The $1.5 million investment is in addition to the $24 million the
Society in Ontario had already committed to cancer research in 2006/2007
through the Society's research partner, the National Cancer Institute of
Canada (NCIC).
    "We felt it was vital that we boost cancer research across the spectrum
of lung cancer from diagnosis to treatment to quality of life," says Stephen
Roche, Chair, Board of Directors, Ontario Division, Canadian Cancer Society.
    In 2007, an estimated 23,300 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed
and 19,900 will die from the disease.
    A report released in September by the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance
highlighted the lack of funding for lung cancer stating that in 2005, the
research investment in lung cancer was $7 million, representing less than 3%
of the total research investment of $254 million made in that year. This
report confirms the Society was moving in the right direction when it made
this funding decision earlier this year.
    Although the initial investment for the lung cancer research fund comes
from Ontario, researchers from across Canada will be invited to submit
applications for funding granted by the NCIC.
    The Ontario Division continues to have a strong commitment to funding
cancer research, having invested more than $250 million in the last decade and
close to $575 million in the last 60 years. Nationally the Society has
invested more than $1 billion to cancer research through the NCIC.

    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of
volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and to enhance 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.





For further information:

For further information: Christine Koserski, Media Relations, Ontario
Division, Canadian Cancer Society: (416) 488-5402, ext. 2305

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