Canadian Cancer Society applauds significant commitment to cancer prevention in Ontario budget

    TORONTO, March 26 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased with the
Ontario's government's significant commitment to cancer prevention with
yesterday's budget announcing funding towards toxics reduction and a cosmetic
pesticides ban.
    "We know at least 50% of cancers can be prevented through healthy living
and policies that protect the public," says Peter Goodhand, CEO, Ontario
Division, Canadian Cancer Society. "Policies that reduce exposure to
environmental carcinogens will help prevent cancer and save lives."
    The government announced $41 million over four years to support the
development of toxics legislation and a toxics reduction strategy that will
require companies that emit toxic substances to reduce their emissions over
time and more than $10 million over four years in support of a ban on the use
of non-essential pesticides.
    "While we're pleased that funding will support education, outreach and
compliance in terms of a pesticides ban, we also urge the government to ban
the sale of pesticides used for cosmetic purposes," adds Goodhand.
    The Society also applauds the announcement of $154 million over the next
three years to boost cancer screening in Ontario.
    "The funding support for cancer screening is good news," says Goodhand.
"Screening saves lives and the Society will continue to reach as many people
as possible with this message."
    In addition, the Society applauds the government's commitment to cancer
prevention with its announcement of $10 million annually towards a childhood
obesity strategy to encourage children to eat healthy and be physically active
and $32 million over three years in new funding to the Student Nutrition
Program. Research shows that overall 30% to 35% of cancers can be prevented by
being active, eating well, and maintaining a healthy body weight.
    The Society was disappointed by the lack of significant contraband
tobacco prevention measures in this year's budget. The increasing availability
of cheap cigarettes threatens to undermine the achievements made in tobacco
control in Ontario, especially in the area of youth prevention. The Society
calls on the government of Ontario to take swift action to reduce the
availability of tobacco contraband to youth and others.

    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. When you want to know more
about cancer, visit our website or call our toll-free, bilingual
Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For further information:

For further information: Christine Koserski, Media Relations, Ontario
Division, Canadian Cancer Society: (416) 488-5402, ext. 2305

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