Cancer Care Ontario Applauds Budget Cancer Screening Investment

    Supports Funding for Healthy Living

    TORONTO, March 25 /CNW/ - Cancer Care Ontario applauds the Ontario
government's Budget commitment to increase cancer screening rates for breast,
cervical and colorectal cancers.
    "This funding will enable us to detect more cancers early and save
lives," said Terry Sullivan, President & CEO, Cancer Care Ontario. "One of the
key priorities in the recently released Ontario Cancer Plan is reducing the
impact of cancer through effective screening and earlier detection."
    Up to 50 per cent of cancers can be prevented. Smoking is the leading
cancer risk factor and more than one third of all cancers can be attributed to
poor diet, obesity and inactivity.
    The 2008-2011 Ontario Cancer Plan is a three-year roadmap for reducing
the number of people diagnosed with cancer and improving the quality of cancer
services for patients every step of the way. Along with better cancer
screening and treatment services, the Ontario Cancer Plan aims to reduce the
number of people diagnosed with cancer by continuing to lower smoking rates
and by mounting a broad based campaign to promote healthy eating and physical
    The 2008 Budget commitments to tackle childhood obesity, promote healthy
eating and physical activity, ban smoking in cars carrying children and
improve access to nicotine replacement therapy are important steps in
addressing the two biggest known causes of cancer. Cancer Care Ontario also
looks forward to working with the government on a strategy to better
understand and reduce exposures to cancer-causing agents in the environment.

    Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) is responsible for continually improving cancer
services so that fewer people get cancer and patients receive better care.

For further information:

For further information: Jennifer Obeid, Sr. Manager of Media Relations,
Cancer Care Ontario, t: (416) 971-9800 ext. 3383, c: (416) 917-9851, email:,

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