Minister of Health and MPPs wear signature blue ties and scarves to raise awareness
TORONTO, April 24, 2012 /CNW/ - On April 23, Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) hosted their first Queen's Park Day to promote education and awareness of prostate cancer in Ontario. During this event, the Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care championed the importance of awareness and talking openly about prostate cancer. In support of the Queen's Park prostate cancer awareness day, MPP's wore the signature blue PCC tie or scarf to show their support.
"Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Ontario men," said Minister Matthews. "Ontario has one of the best cancer survival rates in the world, but we can't stop there. We're continuing our work to create a patient-centered cancer system to improve the cancer journey for patients. Prostate Cancer Canada's awareness efforts and the research they fund play an important part in this work. By working together we can continue to advance prostate cancer care in our province."
In 2011, an estimated 10,600 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and an estimated 1,550 men died of prostate cancer in Ontario. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to affect Canadian men, with more than 25,000 men across the country expected to be diagnosed this year.
"Despite an increasing level of awareness about prostate cancer among Canadians, we need to continue to educate men on the importance of early detection," said Steve Jones, President and CEO of Prostate Cancer Canada. "Over 90 per cent of prostate cancer cases are curable if detected and treated in their earliest stages, we encourage men as of age 40 to have the prostate cancer discussion with their doctor. We are grateful to have the attention of the Ontario government today. The more awareness we create, the more opportunities we have to fund research and support those men and their families living with the disease. We thank all MPPs for helping to raise awareness of prostate cancer by wearing our ties and scarves."
The Prostate Cancer Canada ties and scarf are available for purchase at www.prostatecancer.ca/Store
Prostate Cancer Canada encourages men to take charge of their health and learn about prostate cancer.
- 1 in 7 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
- Over 90% of prostate cancer cases are curable if detected and treated in their earliest stages.
- Men with a family history of prostate cancer and those of African or Caribbean descent are at greater risk of developing the disease.
- Prostate cancer has no symptoms in its earliest, most curable stage - so if you are over 40, talk to your doctor about your prostate cancer risk and PSA blood testing
- Prostate Cancer Canada advises men and their doctors take the time to discuss the merits of prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood testing. To review our Early Detection Guidelines, visit http://www.prostatecancer.ca/In-The-News/Foundation-Publications
About Prostate Cancer Canada
Prostate Cancer Canada raises funds for the development of programs related to awareness and public education, advocacy, support of those affected, and research into the prevention, detection, treatment and cure of prostate cancer. For more information visit prostatecancer.ca
Image with caption: "The Honourable Deb Matthews Minister of Health with Prostate Cancer Canada Representatives. (CNW Group/Prostate Cancer Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120424_C8461_PHOTO_EN_12664.jpg
For further information:
Rebecca von Goetz
Executive Vice President
Prostate Cancer Canada
(l) 416-441-2131 x 258 or (m) 416-917-8650
Caroline De Silva