Winnipeg MP Comes to Sarnia to Participate in Asbestos Cancer Screening Study

    TORONTO, Sept. 20 /CNW/ - The Hon. Pat Martin, NDP MP from Winnipeg, will
be coming to the Sarnia OHCOW clinic on Monday, September 24th to participate
in the lung screening study for workers previously exposed to asbestos. Mr.
Martin is a former asbestos miner as well as a member of the Carpenters'
union. He will leave Sarnia at 9:15 am with six Sarnia residents to travel
together to Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto where they will each be
given a low radiation CT-scan. Asbestos exposure increases one's risk for lung
cancer and other diseases. The CT-scan may pick up cancers at an earlier and
therefore more treatable stage than conventional x-rays.
    "Canada has been the leading exporter of asbestos," says Mr. Martin, "but
has done little to properly monitor the thousands of Canadian workers with a
history of asbestos exposure. I hope that my presence will highlight the
importance of seriously addressing the need for banning asbestos, securing
fair compensation, and initiating a national asbestos disease registry to aid
in identifying the full extent of the problem."
    The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) in Sarnia has
registered over 950 workers with either asbestos-related pleural plaques or
asbestosis. Each of these individuals is being given an opportunity to
participate in the lung screening study. "We do not yet know that CT-scanning
is the most appropriate medical surveillance procedure for asbestos-exposed
workers but it provides hope for this high risk population," said Dr. Jim
Brophy, Executive Director of the clinic. "We believe that Mr. Martin's
participation helps to highlight nationally the continuing public health
crisis created by asbestos which few health agencies acknowledge or
    Mr. Martin will be available to speak to the media at the OHCOW clinic
starting at 8:45 am on Monday September 24th until 9:15 am when the commuter
van leaves for Toronto.
    The OHCOW clinic is located at 171 Kendall St. in Point Edward.

For further information:

For further information: Dr. Brophy, Executive Director Sarnia
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers at (519) 337-4627 or on his
cell (519) 331-7558

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