Cancer prevention report explains the causes of the causes

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 26 /CNW/ - The CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society BC &
Yukon Division said a new report provides a compelling and comprehensive case
that many types of cancer can be prevented and highlights the need for policy
changes to reduce the incidence of cancer.
    The report, Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention was released today by
the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund.
    "This is what we have been saying for a number years but it is heartening
to see that this issue is being promoted by two leading cancer organizations
with implications world-wide," said Ms Barbara Kaminsky.
    Although we have done a good job of helping individuals take the best
course of action to reduce the risk of cancer we have other challenges.
    A combined approach, involving individuals, communities and governments,
is essential to have a meaningful impact on the number of cancer cases.
    The benefit of this report is that we now have something that explains
the causes of the causes of cancer. People who are disadvantaged due to a
whole range of circumstances often find themselves unable to make those
healthier choices. This is where policy and infrastructure comes in.
    We need to shift the emphasis in cancer control measures and provide
resources and recommendations to a whole range of stakeholders.
    Another benefit of this is that reducing those same risk factors will
also have an impact on other chronic diseases.
    The real danger is the dire prediction that a growing and aging
population will increase the number of cancer cases by 60% in the next 20
years if nothing is done to change the incidence rates."

    Ms Kaminsky said she looked forward to reviewing the extensive findings
of the report and continuing to take up the agenda in BC and the Yukon.

    Note: This report is a companion to an earlier publication, Food
Nutrition and Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer published in
November 2007.

For further information:

For further information: To interview Ms Kaminsky, please contact Susan
Bogle, Communications Manager at the Canadian Cancer Society on (604) 675-7123
or (604) 675-7336.

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