Ontario Liberals Step Up The Fight Against Cancer

    Prostate Specific Antigen Test Will Help Detect Cancer Earlier, Says
    George Smitherman

    TORONTO, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - Ontario Liberals will take another step forward
in its battle against cancer by covering prostate specific antigen (PSA) tests
for men over the age of 50, said Health Minister George Smitherman from the
Columbus Centre Fitness Club.
    "We want to extend men's lives," said Smitherman. "We're urging more men
over 50 to get tested for prostate cancer and helping them to get tested by
covering the test through OHIP."
    In Canadian men, prostate cancer is the third leading cause of cancer
death. However, it's also one of the most treatable forms of cancer -
particularly when it is detected early. The PSA test allows doctors to detect
prostate cancer at a very early stage so that treatment can begin.
    Ontario Liberals will work with groups such as Cancer Care Ontario, the
Prostate Cancer Research Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society to develop
and implement a program for the PSA test for men over the age of 50 - the age
at which physicians recommend that men discuss PSA testing with their family
    "The Harris Tory government cut health care and caused wait times for
cancer surgeries to rise dramatically. We are bringing them down," said
    In Toronto alone, the Harris Tory party cut funding to hospitals by
$170 million in their first two years in office.
    Under the Harris Tory party, the Toronto Central Hospital, the Toronto
Doctors Hospital, and the Toronto Wellesley Central Hospital all had to close
their doors. These hospitals were all important pillars of their respective
    When it comes to cancer, Ontario Liberals are reducing cancer surgery
wait times, delivering Canada's first colorectal screening program and
building more cancer care centres than ever before.
    "Ontario Liberals have made progress but there there's more to do. Moving
forward, we will focus on improving breast, cervical and colorectal cancer
screening rates and cover both the cost of the PSA test to detect prostate
cancer and the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer," said Smitherman. "Our
positive agenda is working to ensure that publicly funded, publicly delivered
health care is back on track, and steadily improving."

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For further information: Ontario Liberal Party Media Relations. (416)
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