London North Centre candidates' debate tonight to focus on health and
LONDON, ON, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - A debate tonight at the University of
Western Ontario will give Londoners the opportunity to find out where
London North Centre candidates stand on important health and education
Hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society and the University of Western
Ontario's Student Council and Society of Graduate Students and
sponsored by the New 103.1 Fresh FM, the debate takes place Monday,
Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., at UWO's University Community Centre, Room 315.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
"In London and across the country, a Canadian faces cancer every three
minutes," says Angie Woodcock, manager, Elgin-Middlesex Unit, Canadian
Cancer Society. "It doesn't have to be that way — you can fight cancer
with your vote."
Moderated by Dr. Paul Nesbitt-Larking, Professor of Political Science,
UWO, the following candidates are attending the debate:
Liberal candidate: Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long Term Care
NDP candidate: Steve Holmes
Green Party candidate: Kevin Labonte
The Canadian Cancer Society is calling on all political parties in
Ontario to take action on five priority issues:
Enact legislation that protects youth from the dangers of indoor tanning
Take a leadership role to ensure equitable access to cancer drugs for
all Canadians living in Ontario
Take measures to reduce exposure to carcinogens in the environment and
Implement a contraband tobacco control strategy in Ontario to reduce the
availability of cheap illegal cigarettes
Invest in healthy eating and active living policies that combat obesity
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. If you
want to know more about our organization or if you would like
information about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our
toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at1 888 939-3333.
Quick Facts on Indoor Tanning
Radiation emitted by indoor tanning equipment has been declared a known
human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer,
the world's authority on cancer.
Using tanning beds before the age of 35 increases a person's risk of
developing melanoma skin cancer — the deadliest form— by 75%.
Melanoma is the most common skin cancer in young Ontarians aged 15 to 29
and yet the disease is mostly preventable.
Ultraviolet radiation emitted by indoor tanning equipment can be five
times stronger than the mid-day summer sun.
Twenty-six per cent of young women aged 16 to 24 use indoor tanning
Nova Scotia, France, Australia and the UK have all implemented laws
banning the use of indoor tanning equipment by youth. Brazil has banned
the use of tanning equipment for cosmetic purposes since 2009.
SOURCE Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division)
For further information:
Manager, Elgin-Middlesex Unit, Canadian Cancer Society
(519) 432-1137; firstname.lastname@example.org