National Pain Awareness Week: Time to Examine Canada's Invisible Epidemic

TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Chronic pain costs more than cancer, heart disease and HIV combined with estimates placing direct health care costs to be more than $6 billion per year and productivity costs related to job loss and sick days at $37 billion per year in Canada.  Veterinarians receive five times more training in pain than doctors and three times more training than nurses.  Pain research is grossly under-funded in Canada.  This week, November 6-12, marks National Pain Awareness Week - an opportunity to address a chronic disease that affects an estimated one in five Canadians.  The Canadian Pain Society (CPS) and the Canadian Pain Coalition (CPC) are using this timely opportunity to highlight and champion the immediate need for a National Pain Strategy in Canada.

National Pain Awareness Week is also a time to increase public awareness of pain education and treatment to ensure those who experience legitimate pain are receiving the care and quality of life they deserve.  Throughout the month of October, Canadians affected by pain were encouraged to share their personal stories through the Faces of Pain contest.  Canadians living with pain are available to discuss their personal experiences including the challenges and triumphs of managing a daily chronic disease.

Additionally, medical pain experts will be available for comments and interviews during National Pain Awareness Week.

Who: National, provincial and local members of the CPS, CPC and Canadians affected by pain
What:  Professional and personal insight into the challenges associated with under-treated pain in our society and the need for a comprehensive National Pain Strategy
Where: In-person or by telephone
When:  November 6-12, 2011

About the Canadian Pain Society ( /
The Canadian Pain Society has been a chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain since 1982. The aim of the CPS is to foster and encourage research on pain mechanisms and pain syndromes and to help improve the management of patients with acute and chronic pain by bringing together the basic scientists and health professionals of various disciplines and backgrounds who have an interest in pain research and management.

About the Canadian Pain Coalition (
The Canadian Pain Coalition (CPC) is THE National Voice of People with Pain. Incorporated in 2004 as a non-profit organization, the CPC is a partnership of pain consumer groups, individuals, health professionals who care for people in pain and scientists studying better ways to treat pain. CPC promotes sustained improvement in the understanding, prevention, treatment and management of all types of pain in Canada. CPC accomplishes this through pain education, awareness activities and advocacy initiatives. CPC obtained the Senate Declaration of National Pain Awareness Week in 2004.

SOURCE Canadian Pain Coalition

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For further information or to schedule an interview, please contact: 
Kristina Rikunova
Argyle Communications
(416) 968-7311 ext. 243

Caroline De Silva
Argyle Communications
(416) 968-7311 ext. 231


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