TORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - Scientists working with the WHO International
Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) have now added breast cancer and
colorectal cancer to the list of pernicious cancers where alcohol is a
contributing cause. Even moderate consumption can pose a threat - for
instance, just one drink a day increases a woman's breast cancer risk by
In light of this disturbing trend, the Toronto Cancer Prevention
Coalition and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) will bring the
two Canadian IARC contributors together with cancer experts from Cancer Care
Ontario, the Canadian Cancer Society and representatives of over 50
organizations for a half day seminar on Alcohol, Cancer and Public Policy, to
address the recent research and emerging prevention opportunities. Experts and
stakeholders representing liquor control agencies, alcohol retailers, public
health, Ministry of Health Promotion, and many NGO's are expected.
Morning Speakers include:
Dr. Anthony Miller: Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Health
Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and Canadian IARC
member of working group of scientists.
Dr. Jurgen Rehm, Section Co-Chair, CAMH; Professor and Chair, Addiction
Policy, Dept. of Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University
of Toronto and Canadian IARC member of working group of scientists.
Dr. John McLaughlin, Vice President, Prevention Oncology, Cancer Care
Ms. Heather Logan, Director, Cancer Control Policy, Canadian Cancer
There will be a luncheon panel moderated by Ms. Denise DePape, Manager,
Healthy Living, Toronto Public Health, which will include Dr. Rosana
Pellizzari, Associate Medical Officer of Health, City of Toronto, Ms. Janet
McAllister, Program Consultant, CAMH, and Ms. Fiona Nelson, Chair, Toronto
Cancer Prevention Coalition.
Alcohol, Cancer and Public Policy
Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: St. Lawrence Hall, 157 King Street East (Corner of King and
Jarvis), 3rd Floor in the Great Hall, Toronto
The agenda will be available on site. The symposium is open to the media.
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Relations, CAMH at (416) 595-6015