MONTREAL, Feb. 1, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - From August 27 to 30, 2012,
Montréal will host the World Cancer Congress, organized by the Union
for International Cancer Control (UICC). In preparation for this
important event, which will bring to our city some 3,000 delegates and
60 exhibitors involved in the fight against cancer, Tourisme Montréal
invites the people of Québec to sign the World Cancer Declaration. This
declaration is a tool developed by UICC to help bring the growing
cancer crisis to the attention of government leaders and health
policymakers in order to significantly reduce the global cancer burden
by 2020. To date, over half a million people have signed the
Declaration at www.worldcancerday.org/signdeclaration.
World Cancer Day 2012 has been launched under the theme "Together, let's
do something," because it is only by every person, organisation and
government doing their part that we will be able to significantly
reduce premature deaths from this disease. According to estimates by
the World Health Organization (WHO), without intervention, the global
incidence of cancer is projected to rise from 12.7 million (in 2008) to
21.4 million by 2030. But the good news is that around one third of
cancer deaths can be prevented, and a further third can be cured if
detected early and treated appropriately together.
"World Cancer Day is a vital reminder that by working together, we can
actually reduce the burden of cancer and premature deaths by 25% by
2025 - a target the WHO believes to be achievable. Together it is
possible; alone, lives will continue to be lost. With this in mind, I
encourage you to join us at the UICC World Cancer Congress to connect
and exchange ideas with your international cancer control colleagues -
this is your unique opportunity to be part of a community taking
responsibility and making a difference," said Cary Adams, Chief
Executive Officer, UICC.
"Montréal is privileged to have an outstanding scientific community
backed up by impressive research facilities to fight against cancer.
Unfortunately, this is not the case for poorer countries, hence the
need to increase awareness of it among as many people and as many
leaders around the world as possible so that, through our joint
efforts, we can slow the progress of this devastating disease," stated
the Honourable Charles Lapointe, President and CEO of Tourisme
Montréal. "By asking our citizens to sign the Declaration, we are
showing our commitment to this noble undertaking, and hope that our
support will snowball and potentially save many lives," he concluded.
The theme of this year's World Cancer Congress—hosted by its sponsors,
the Fondation québécoise du cancer, McGill University and Université de
Montréal—is "Connecting for Global Impact" and is expected to bring
together many international cancer control experts. The event will also
be a tremendous opportunity to showcase the vitality of Montréal's
scientific and medical community, in addition to creating local
economic spin-off of approximately $5.5 million.
Tourisme Montréal is responsible for providing leadership in the
concerted efforts of hospitality and promotion in order to position the
destination on leisure and business travel markets. It is also
responsible for developing Montréal's tourism product in accordance
with the ever-changing conditions of the market.
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