Federal Government Renews Commitment to Cancer Strategy

Last week in Toronto our Federal Government announced the renewal of CPAC (Canadian Partnership Against Cancer). While it is hard to believe that CPAC might not have been renewed after its initial five year mandate, the renewal is good news indeed.

Kidney Cancer Canada is a strong and active member of CCAN (Canadian Cancer Action Network), the council of patient organizations that provides patient input into CPAC.

We will now look to strengthen CCAN’s position on the need for a national catastrophic drug program, something the current Federal government has been reluctant to discuss. On behalf of all cancer patients who will face catastrophic drug costs, we need to make sure that the Federal government plays a role in ensuring fairness for all Canadians, regardless of province or postal code.

Case in point: what happens if you live in Atlantic Canada and need second-line treatment for your kidney cancer? (Only the provinces of BC, AB, SK, and ON are currently funding anything beyond the first line.)
Canada urgently needs a national strategy that will ensure Canadians will not face bankruptcy as an unwelcome side effect of cancer treatment.

Please see below the official CCAN Press Release regarding the renewal of CPAC.

Renewed cancer control strategy good news for patients,
survivors and their families

March 11, 2011 – The Canadian Cancer Action Network (CCAN), the patient-centered organization uniting national cancer groups from across Canada to ensure a strong unified voice on patient issues, welcomes the recent news of renewed support for our national cancer strategy as announced by the federal government on March 10, 2011.

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer was created in 2007 with a five-year mandate to implement a national cancer control strategy that was developed in cooperation with more than 700 cancer leaders and survivors from across the country. With the federal government’s announcement of a second mandate for the Partnership, efforts on the national cancer control strategy will continue for an additional five years.

“CCAN is delighted the … [sic] Government is renewing its funding commitment to the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer,” said Liz Whamond, Chair of the Canadian Cancer Action Network. “The Partnership’s work since 2007 is resulting in significant advancement on important priorities facing patients, families and survivors. The renewed mandate will ensure that all Canadians affected by cancer can take comfort that the best minds in the country, along with informed voices of patients, maintain their focus on accelerating action to control this disease.”

For media inquiries:

Marjorie Morrison
Canadian Cancer Action Network


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  1. Please see the article below and visit us for more education information about cancer at http://www.healthpowerforminorities.com/blog/index.php

    Cancer is a disease in which certain body cells don’t function right, divide very fast, and produce too much tissue that forms a tumor. The cervix involves the lower, narrow part of the uterus or womb, and the uterus is the hollow, pear-shaped organ that a fetus (baby) grows in during pregnancy. Cervical Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women world-wide. However, it is much less common in the U.S. because of widespread screening with the Pap test.
    Cancer of the cervix is preventable with regular screening, using the Pap smear. For female pre-teens, teenagers and some young women, humanpapillomavirus (HPV) vaccine prevents about 70 percent (7 out of 10) types of HPV that cause cervical cancer. HPV vaccine also prevents most cases of genital warts.

    Key Risk Factors for Cancer of the Cervix:

    having or having had a sexually transmitted disease (STD), especially humanpapillomavirus (HPV) infection
    having had repeated or chronic infections of the female organs
    becoming sexually active before 18 years of age
    having, or having had, many sexual partners
    having one or more sexual partners who has, or has had, many sexual partners
    engaging in unprotected sex
    having a history of cervical dysplasia (abnormal cells in the cervix on a pap test)
    having, or having had, human papilloma virus (HPV) infection or genital warts, the cause of most cases of cervical cancer See discussion of HPV vaccine controversy below
    cigarette smoking
    failure to have regular Pap tests
    Generally, being more than 40 years of age
    Key Warning Signals for Cancer of the Cervix:

    abnormal vaginal bleeding
    any unusual vaginal discharge
    a discharge with a bad odor
    frequent discharges
    a persistent and heavy discharge
    Diagnosis of Cervical Cancer

    If a woman has a symptom of possible cervical cancer, or a Pap test result that suggests precancerous cells or cancer, she should see a doctor who specializes in treating cervical cancer at once. This will almost always be an obstetrician/gynecologist (Ob/Gyn), and the following procedures may be done to make a diagnosis.

    No matter what is found, it is often a good idea to get a second opinion from a doctor with experience in treating cervical cancer.

    Pap Smear or Pap Test

    The Pap test is the primary cancer-screening tool for cervical cancer. It can save a woman’s life by finding cancer of the cervix early. The Pap test can also find abnormal cells before they become cancer cells. When this condition, called cervical dysplasia, is treated at once, cancer of the cervix can be prevented. All females above 18 years of age who are, or have been sexually active, should have a Pap test.

    It’s not enough to get a Pap test. It’s very important to get the result for the following reasons:

    It may lead to treatment that can prevent cancer of the cervix,
    It may show cancer early enough for life-saving treatment, and
    It may show treatable infection or inflammation.
    How Often to Get a Pap Test

    Since women with HIV have a much greater risk of developing cervical cancer, CDC recommends that women with HIV have two Pap tests 6 months apart, and if both are negative, they should then have a Pap test every year.

    In general, for other women, after they have had a negative Pap test 3 years in a row, they can have a test every 1 to 3 years. However, since every woman’s situation is different, it’s important that every woman consult her doctor about how often to be tested.

    Key Tests for Diagnosing Cervical Cancer:

    Colposcopy: The doctor uses a colposcope, which has a magnifying lens, to look at the cells of the vagina and cervix in detail. The colposcope makes it easier to see the tissues.

    Biopsy: The doctor removes tissue for examination with a microscope, looking for precancerous cells or cancer cells.

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