TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased to
hear reference to important cancer-related issues in today's Throne
Speech at the Ontario Legislature.
"We know that about half of all cancers can be prevented through healthy
living and policies that protect people's health," says Joanne Di
Nardo, Senior Manager of Public Issues for the Canadian Cancer Society
in Ontario. "We were reassured to hear that the government remains
committed to health promotion, reducing smoking rates and supporting
evidence-based health policy."
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national leader in providing
evidence-based information on more than 200 different types of cancer.
To evaluate the evidence, the Society looks at the big picture.
Information and policy recommendations are based on many scientific
In 2012, an estimated 72,300 Ontarians were diagnosed with cancer and
27,900 were expected to die from the disease. According to a 2008
Ontario Health Quality Council report, 1 in 3 Ontarians will be
affected by chronic disease such as cancer. Increased investments in
health promotion and disease prevention are vital to the long-term
sustainability of the province's healthcare system.
While the Canadian Cancer Society through the support of volunteers and
donors has seen important public policy gains to prevent cancer, save
lives and help people living with the disease, the Society would like
to see immediate action on the following public policy recommendations:
Indoor tanning bed use before the age of 35 significantly increases the
risk of melanoma. Melanoma skin cancer is one of the most common forms
of skin cancer in young Ontarians aged 15 to 29, and is one of the most
preventable. The Society would like to see all youth under 18 years of
age restricted from indoor tanning salons because parental consent and
voluntary guidelines do not work. This proposed legislation has strong
support from all political parties and Ontarians.
Tobacco use continues to be the leading preventable cause of death and
disease in Ontario. Significant progress has been made in tobacco
control through the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, however smoking rates have
failed to sustain a drop below 20 per cent. The Canadian Cancer Society
fully supports recommendations made by the Tobacco Strategy Advisory
Group and other measures stated in the 2012 Ontario budget, some of
Implementing a contraband tobacco control strategy that includes
educating the public about health and social problems associated with
tobacco and undertaking research to help measure the impact of tobacco
strategies on smoking levels in the province
Gradually increasing tobacco taxes by $13 per carton to meet the
Banning all flavoured tobacco products
The Society is convinced that the above policies will help reduce the
number of lives adversely affected by cancer.
About the Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division
The Canadian Cancer Society is your best partner in the fight against
cancer. We have more impact against more cancers in more communities
than any other cancer charity in Canada. Through our mission, we fight
more than 200 different types of cancer on numerous fronts. From cancer
prevention activities to advocacy efforts on important issues, we give
a voice to cancer patients and their families. We also fund world-class
research and offer free information and support services that are
proven to decrease stress and anxiety in patients and family
caregivers. The work of the Canadian Cancer Society is supported by our
volunteers and the generous support of our fundraising campaigns such
as Daffodil Month and Relay For Life. To learn more, call 1-888-939-3333 or visit cancer.ca.
SOURCE: Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division)
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