Cancer Partnership surveys public on priorities

    TORONTO, Nov. 8 /CNW/ - The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is asking
Canadians about their priorities as it begins the implementation phase of the
first cross-Canada cancer control strategy.
    "Since the announcement of this partnership, we have been putting in
place the foundations from which to implement the Canadian cancer control
strategy," said Jessica Hill, chief executive officer. "As we begin to fund
and launch our initiatives, we would like input from patients, their families
and the general public to guide our decision making."
    The survey asks about priorities and activities the Partnership should
undertake to meet its objectives to reduce the number of new cases of cancer,
improve the quality of life for those living with cancer and reduce the
likelihood of dying of cancer. Everyone is invited to participate in the
online survey which will be posted on the website of the Partnership at The Partnership is also surveying cancer
stakeholders across the country including governments, health workers, patient
and survivor groups and non-government cancer organizations.

    The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is a new independent corporation
funded by the federal government. It is the first body to bring together
patient survivors, cancer experts and government representatives from across
the country to lead the implementation of a Canadian cancer control strategy.
The Partnership was announced in late 2006 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
It will oversee implementation of initiatives that will ensure Canadians share
a population-based cancer control program that will improve outcomes coast to
coast. The Partnership is eligible to receive $250 million in funding from the
federal government over the next five years.

For further information:

For further information: Shirley Connor, Communications Officer,
Canadian Partnership Against Cancer,, (416) 313-2888,

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