For Immediate Release
September 25, 2001
Dr. David McKeown
Medical Officer of Health
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 2215
Cancer Touches Everyone: Peel Residents Invited to Free Educational Forum to Help Reduce Cancer Risk
(Brampton) - Every Canadian has been affected by cancer. Some have endured the ravages of cancer themselves; others have watched as family members, friends and co-workers have fought this devastating disease.
Approximately one in every three Canadians will develop cancer in his or her lifetime, and one in four Canadians will die of cancer. Despite the tremendous advances in research, cancer remains the second leading cause of death in Canada annually.
A healthy lifestyle and early detection are key to increasing cancer survival rates. Peel Health, in association with a wide range of community partners, is hosting a FREE cancer education forum for residents of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. Reduce Your Cancer Risk - Seven Steps to Health will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001, 6:30 to 9 p.m., at GlaxoSmithKline in north Mississauga.
"Breast and prostate cancer continue to be the most frequently diagnosed cancers for Canadian women and men, while lung and colorectal cancers are the most frequent causes of cancer deaths," says Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel. "Please join us on October 17 to learn how you can reduce your risk from these and other cancers."
The cancer education forum boasts a roster of expert speakers:
- Dr. Peter Kujtan, a Mississauga family physician and cancer survivor, will speak about his struggles - and successes - in his battle with colorectal cancer.
- Roberta Blackie, a charismatic and entertaining motivational speaker, brings humour and compassion to her presentation on the extraordinary benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
- Tanya Giaquinto, a registered dietitian and critical care professional at Toronto-Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre, will describe the powerful link between certain foods and a lowered incidence of heart disease, cancer and stroke.
All presentations will be made in English. Admission to the forum and parking are both free. Pre-registration is required.
For more information and to register, call Health Line Peel at 905-799-7700.
GlaxoSmithKline is located at 7333 Mississauga Road North (at Derry Road, north of Highway 401) in Mississauga.
Reduce Your Cancer Risk - Seven Steps to Health is presented by Peel Health, in association with a number of partners: Cam X-ray, the Canadian Cancer Society, Chinese Association of Mississauga, GlaxoSmithKline, India Rainbow Community Services of Peel, Multicultural Inter-Agency Group of Peel (MIAG), Muslim Cancer Support Organization, Ontario Breast Screening Program and Trillium Health Centre. The forum is sponsored by Peel Industrial Supplies and supported by Credit Valley Hospital.
Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail
Web site: http://www.region.peel.on.ca
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