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Harper Government announces funding for community-based cancer projects

November 26, 2012

Program aimed at prevention and early detection of cancer

OTTAWA, Nov. 26, 2012 /CNW/ – Today, at the Pauktuutit Inuit Women of
Canada Office, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health,
announced support for nine community-based projects that will address
cancer screening and early diagnosis. Dr. Colin Carrie, Parliamentary
Secretary for the Minister of Health, also participated in the
announcement.

“Cancer is a disease that touches many of us, either because we have
been diagnosed with it or we know someone who has.  Our Government is
working with provincial and territorial governments, as well as cancer
organizations, on cancer prevention, early detection and surveillance,”
said Minister Aglukkaq. “It is important that all Canadians understand
how cancer screening and early diagnosis can help save lives.”

Funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Cancer Program, the
projects announced today address removing barriers, raising awareness
and promoting participation in cancer screening and early detection. 
The projects will focus on populations such as First Nations, Inuit,
Métis and immigrant populations.

“The Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada is committed to health promotion
initiatives among Inuit women at the community level, especially in the
area of cancer screening,” says Rebecca Kudloo, President of the
Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada. “The support we are receiving from
the Cancer Program will help us meet this commitment.”

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada.  Finding cancer early,
even when there are no symptoms, is important. Early diagnosis of
cancer, when it is less likely to have spread, results in more
effective and simpler treatment, thereby increasing the chances of
surviving the disease. One-third of all cases of cancer may be
prevented by improving diets, increasing physical activity and
maintaining healthy weights.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is committed to promoting and
protecting the health of Canadians. For more information on cancer,
please visit http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/cd-mc/cancer/index-eng.php. A fact sheet with more information on the nine projects is attached.

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SOURCE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA


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