Media Advisory: Annual Report Card on Cancer in Canada(TM) to be Released

    TORONTO, Feb. 9 /CNW/ -

    WHAT:  Media are invited to join the Cancer Advocacy Coalition of Canada
           (CACC) as we present important highlights from our annual Report
           Card on Cancer in Canada(TM).

           Who is Shouldering the Cost: Half the total cost of cancer drugs
           is for oral drugs and the trend for governments to shift the
           burden to the private sector is now firmly entrenched. Reviewing
           five years of expenditure data, researchers found where the money
           is going and who is paying. For employers and those without
           private insurance, the growing burden can become crushing. Which
           way to go from here?

           Community Oncology - Electronic Health Records: Electronic Health
           Records can improve patient outcomes and health system efficiency
           and accountability. They may play a critical role in the quality
           of cancer care available in smaller communities. But is the main
           opportunity being pursued?

           HPV Vaccination Programs: A look at how the provinces are doing
           with the federal money intended to prevent cervical cancer.
           Provinces with the highest rates of cervical cancer have
           restricted the program to the fewest age groups.

    WHERE: Ballroom B, Intercontinental Hotel, 225 Front Street West, Toronto

           Full Report Card and all related materials will be on the CACC
           website by 10:30 a.m. the morning of the news conference at

    WHEN:  10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 10, 2009

    WHO:   Dr. James Gowing, hematologist, oncologist and Chair, CACC
           Dr. William Hryniuk, medical oncologist and Past-Chair, CACC
           Dr. Kong Khoo, medical oncologist and Vice-Chair, CACC
           (British Columbia)

For further information:

For further information: Jacqueline Zonneville, (416) 848-1398;

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