National survey examines attitudes to cancer research
TORONTO, Feb. 3 /CNW/ - When it comes to cancer research, Canadians want
to do more. A national survey released today in advance of World Cancer
Day shows that more than half of Canadians 35 to 69 years of age feel
cancer should be a top priority for health research. However, the
survey also shows that a similar number do not know how to get involved
in a way that could be helpful to other people.
We have the answer and it takes just 30 or so minutes to sign up. The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project is looking for 300,000 Canadians between the ages of 35 and 69 to
participate in a landmark Canadian study designed to help us better
understand cancer and other chronic diseases, like heart and lung
disease or diabetes. By following a large group of people over many
years, researchers can explore how genetics, environment, lifestyle and
behaviour interact and contribute to the development of cancer and
other chronic diseases.
"This type of research is often difficult because it is complex, time
consuming and extensive resources are required," says Dr. Heather
Bryant, Vice-President of Cancer Control, Canadian Partnership Against
Cancer. "By joining this landmark study, Canadians will be contributing
to the creation of a rich national bank of health information to help
researchers answer fundamental questions about the causes of cancer and
chronic disease for future generations."
Study participants will be asked to provide information about their
health, lifestyle and environment, biological samples such as urine and
blood, and physical measurements such as weight and height. By
following participants over the long term, researchers will be able to
build layers of information that will create a rich understanding of
how all of these factors interact to affect health. It is much more
than a single study: it is the construction of a population laboratory
that will yield results for decades to come.
"Like many Canadians, I have been personally affected by cancer and have
often felt powerless in the face of this devastating disease," says Jan
Duff, a study participant. "By participating in the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project, I know that I'm making a simple contribution that could make a
significant difference in cancer research, and prevent my children and
grandchildren from ever developing the disease."
Most Canadians Want to Do More to Support Cancer Research
A new survey, conducted by Angus Reid Public Opinion for the Canadian
Partnership Against Cancer to mark World Cancer Day on February 4th, found that virtually all Canadian respondents aged 35 to 69 (91 per
cent) have been touched by cancer and three-quarters (74 per cent) feel that they are likely to develop cancer
themselves. While more than half of Canadians (58 per cent), feel that
they can do more to help improve the health of Canadians, a similar
proportion (54 per cent) also feel that they do not know how they can
help other people with their health problems, despite many (59 per
cent) being interested in donating more time to health-related causes.
While many Canadians in this age group (55 per cent) selected cancer
over nine other possibilities as the top priority for health research,
when introduced to the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project, 80 per cent agree that it is critical for Canadians to participate in
this type of study.
About Canada's Landmark Cancer and Chronic Disease Research Study
The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project consists of five regional studies known as Atlantic PATH, BC Generations Project, Quebec's CARTaGENE, Ontario Health Study and Alberta's The Tomorrow Project. These cohorts are being driven by partner organizations in the five
participating regions including the BC Cancer Agency, Alberta Health
Services - Cancer Care, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Cancer Care
Ontario, Quebec's CARTaGENE project, and Cancer Care Nova Scotia with
Dalhousie University collaborating for work in the Atlantic Provinces.
Funding includes $42 million from the Canadian Partnership Against
Cancer - a national, independent organization funded by the federal
government to accelerate action on cancer control for all Canadians -
along with additional regional commitments of $57.1 million.
How to Join
Make a commitment to cancer research by participating in the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project, please visit www.partnershipfortomorrow.ca.
About The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is an independent organization
funded by the federal government to accelerate action on cancer control
for all Canadians. Bringing together cancer experts, government
representatives, the Canadian Cancer Society and cancer patients,
survivors and their families through the Canadian Cancer Action Network
to implement the first pan-Canadian cancer control strategy, the vision is to be a driving force to
achieve a focused approach that will help prevent cancer, enhance the
quality of life of those affected by cancer, lessen the likelihood of
dying from cancer, and increase the efficiency of cancer control in
Canada. For more information about the Partnership and Canada's cancer
control strategy, visit partnershipagainstcancer.ca. The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is also the driving force
behind cancerview.ca, an online community linking Canadians to cancer information, services
About Angus Reid Public Opinion
Angus Reid Public Opinion is headed by Dr. Angus Reid: an industry
visionary who has spent more than four decades asking questions to
figure out what people feel, how they think and who they will vote for.
A team of talented and experienced practitioners with a unique and
profound understanding of global issues conduct high quality research
throughout the world on a daily basis for corporations, governments,
academic researchers, and non-profit organizations.
The survey was conducted from January 19th to 23rd, 2011 by Angus Reid
Public Opinion in collaboration with the Canadian Partnership Against
Cancer. The survey was administered online among 1,002 Canadians aged
35 to 69 years who were recruited from the Angus Reid Forum online
research panel. The margin of error, which measures sampling
variability, is +/- 3.1% points, 19 times out of 20. Survey results
have been statistically weighted according to the 2006 Census data on
age, gender, region and education to ensure the sample is
representative of the adult population Canadians between the ages of 35
1 Canadian Cancer Society. Canadian Cancer Statistics 2010.
SOURCE Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
For further information:
Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
(416) 915-9222 ext 5790