VANCOUVER, May 24, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society applauded
Premier Christy Clark and Minister of Health Michael de Jong for
announcing the $68.7 million Healthy Families BC strategy.
"Premier Christy Clark and the government of BC have taken a leadership
role in introducing healthy public policies which, combined with
healthy living behaviours, have the potential to prevent about half of
all cancers," says Barbara Kaminsky, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society, BC
and Yukon. "This shows a strong commitment by the government in
recognizing that individuals and families need support in making
healthy choices easier choices."
The programs announced under the strategy will help to reduce the burden
of various chronic diseases and reduce health care costs, by providing
British Columbians exposed to the common risk behaviours of unhealthy
eating, physical inactivity, smoking and obesity.
"There isn't one magic silver bullet when it comes to reducing the
burden of disease among families," says Kaminsky. "This government
deserves to be applauded for recognizing this by seeking to address it
from a multidimensional perspective. A variety of strategies need to be
in place and the Healthy BC strategy is a giant step forward to
preventing disease and to building healthier families and stronger
Two in five Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in
their lives and one in four will die of cancer. In BC in 2011 it is
estimated that there will be 22,100 new cases of cancer diagnosed and
"Cancer continues to be the leading cause of death," says Kaminsky.
"However as a community and as individuals we can prevent cancer.
Stopping cancer before it starts has the greatest potential to reduce
the burden of cancer."
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
SOURCE Canadian Cancer Society (BC and Yukon Division)
For further information:
Manager, Media Relations
Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division
Direct line: 604.675.7340 Cell: 604.837.5643