Cancer Advocacy Coalition urges Ontario voters to demand the best in cancer control

    TORONTO, Sept. 20 /CNW/ - The Cancer Advocacy Coalition (CACC) today
issued a call to Ontario voters to challenge all candidates about their
commitment to cancer control.
    Are you one of the 238,000 Ontario citizens who will be diagnosed with
cancer between this election and the next one? Or will you be a caregiver,
spouse, colleague, or best friend of the new cancer patient?
    At the current rates of cancer incidence 44 percent of men and 39 percent
of women will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetimes. In
Ontario, that means 5.2 million people. Included in those numbers are
approximately 42,000 children and 202,000 young adults under age 40.
    Every family is touched by cancer, everybody has a cancer story, yet
Ontario's political parties have said little about how they plan to address
    The CACC calls on all four political parties in the Ontario election
campaign to declare their commitment to controlling cancer by:

    -   actively supporting the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and
        acting on its findings;
    -   providing the funds necessary for excellence in cancer care, as
        recommended by Cancer Care Ontario;
    -   investing more in prevention, screening, diagnostics, treatment and
        end-of-life care;
    -   mandating openness and transparency in decision-making for access to
        diagnostics and treatments; and
    -   providing all Ontarians with equitable access to the best cancer
        services in the country.

    Ontario has the talent and resources to lead the country in cancer
control: all it takes is the political will to make it happen. Ask your
candidates what they will do to take us there.

    The Cancer Advocacy Coalition of Canada annually publishes the Report
Card on Cancer in Canada which provides Ontarians with a clear picture of
where they stand relative to the rest of the country regarding all aspects of
cancer prevention, detection, treatment and care. The Report Card as well as
other information about the CACC's work is available at
The CACC is the country's only full-time, registered, non-profit cancer group
dedicated to citizen advocacy. The CACC is not a charity and operates on
unrestricted grants from sponsors based on guidelines that ensure the
organization's autonomy.

For further information:

For further information: Cancer Advocacy Coalition of Canada, (416)
538-4874, toll free 1-877-472-3436

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