Audio Clips - Breast Cancer Death Rates Dropping and More Women Surviving Longer

    Canadian Cancer Statistics 2007 released today by Canadian Cancer Society

    TORONTO, April 11 /CNW/ - The latest cancer statistics were released
today by the Canadian Cancer Society. The statistics show that breast cancer
death rates are declining significantly for all age groups and more women are
surviving longer. However, breast cancer continues to take a significant toll
on Canadian women.

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    Heather Logan is Director of Cancer Control Policy for the Canadian
Cancer Society.

    "Breast cancer death rates in ...women and their families."

    Tag: The declining breast cancer death rates are primarily due to more
effective treatments, as well as more and better screening.

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    Jane Hawley knows the benefits of screening. She was working as an
educational assistant when a routine mammogram found something suspicious in
her breast. It turned out to be a tumour.

    "It was kind of shocking because ... surgery for breast cancer."

    Tag: Four years later, Hawley feels "100%" great and she credits the
mammogram that found her cancer early.

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    Paul Lapierre is the Canadian Cancer Society's Group Director of Public
Affairs and Cancer Control. He says more women aged 50 to 69 need to
participate in organized breast screening programs.

    "We know that breast... more women will survive."

    Tag: The Society says more research is needed about prevention and
genetic factors, and treatments must continue to be developed and refined.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women, and incidence
rates are among the highest in the world.

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    The Canadian Cancer Society's Heather Logan says prevention of breast
cancer is the ultimate hope and goal.

    "Ultimately our hope is ... their risk of breast cancer."

    Tag: Based on current knowledge, opportunities to reduce breast cancer
risk include eating a healthy diet, being physically active, minimizing the
use of alcohol, and avoiding nonessential hormones. In addition, the link
between environmental contaminants and breast cancer risk is an area of
ongoing investigation.

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