Use student engagement as a tool to control cancer
OTTAWA, Feb. 4 /CNW/ - Local high school students launch their own cancer
strategy with support from Canada's Campaign to Control Cancer (C2CC) on World
Cancer Day and are calling on their peers to join them in participating in a
ground-breaking public engagement effort that rallies people who care about,
work on and live with cancer to shape a better response to cancer.
"These students are taking the initiative in developing their own
campaign and strategies to deliver healthy living messages as part of a cancer
control strategy into high schools," said Harley Ast, Chair Saskatchewan C2CC
and cancer survivor. "They are truly inspirational people."
The student leaders made presentations to their fellow students at Luther
College High School and invited representatives from other local high schools
to observe and to get programs up and running in their own schools.
"We were shocked to find out that 40 per cent of cancer can be prevented
by a healthier life style," said Roxanne Korpan, Luther College student. "We
are trying to inform our fellow teenagers on how important active living,
proper nutrition and quitting smoking are."
The cancer statistics in Canada are sobering. More than 455 Canadians
will learn they have cancer today and 200 will die from it. More people die
from cancer worldwide than from AIDS, TB and malaria combined with more than
11 million new cases each year.
Visit CONTROLCANCER.CA/GOPUBLIC to find out how you can get involved.
The Campaign to Control Cancer
The Campaign to Control Cancer is a national coalition of more than 70
leading Canadian cancer organizations that include Canada's leading grassroots
cancer patient, professional, charitable and corporate organizations, working
in unison to champion a better response to cancer control in Canada. This
coalition includes cancer patients, nurses, radiation therapists, patients,
doctors, families, advocates, researchers, corporate sponsors, cancer groups
and survivors that are dedicated to cutting cancer down to size through
knowledge, change and action. Canada has enough knowledge to cut the rate of
cancer deaths by half over the next generation. Find out more about C2CC at
For further information:
For further information: Ron Ross - Pathway Group, (416) 807-9061;
Harley Ast, (306) 584-0146