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May 22, 2001
Cancer action plan proposed for Toronto
Toronto Public Health --- Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Sheela
Basrur, is calling on City Council to initiate a groundbreaking action plan on
cancer prevention.

Dr. Basrur is presenting a report at today's Board of Health meeting prepared
by the Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition, an association of 60 agencies
acting as a catalyst for positive action to fight cancer.

The report recommends a Framework for Action outlining comprehensive prevention
strategies to be undertaken in six areas, including:
· Ultraviolet radiation
· Dietary risk factors
· Physical activity
· Alcohol
· Occupational and environmental carcinogens
· Tobacco

"This report provides a strategic game plan for fighting cancer at the local
level," said Dr. Basrur. "The partners in the coalition have demonstrated that
by pooling our resources and bringing grassroots groups and health agencies
together with support from City departments, we can all contribute to positive

Jack Shapiro, spokesperson for the coalition, said the action plan puts Toronto
in the forefront of the battle against cancer. "When it comes to cancer, people
need hope. We must overcome powerlessness as much as the disease itself. This
report defines a leadership role for the City in policy, prevention, education
and action."

The report calls for the convening of a roundtable involving City staff and
federal and provincial partners to establish an implementation framework to
address the report's recommendations.

A number of coalition representatives will address the Toronto Board of Health
on the issues raised in the report. Copies of the action plan and background
reports on the six risk factor categories will be available in Meeting Room D,
City Hall.

The Board of Health meeting begins today at 1 p.m., Committee Room 1, 2nd
floor, City Hall.

Click here to read report: "Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition Action Plan for Toronto". (This is a PDF file
and you will need acrobat reader version 4 to view.)

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