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March 24, 2009
Mayor Miller urges Torontonians to ‘Get the test’ for colon cancer
Launching a campaign to raise public awareness, Mayor David Miller today encouraged Torontonians to get tested for signs of colon cancer.

“I am proud to support this important initiative and to help Colon Cancer Canada raise awareness and spread the word to Torontonians about the importance of getting tested,” Mayor Miller said.

Darryl Sittler, hockey legend and Colon Cancer Canada spokesperson, joined the mayor for the launch and said, “Our mission is to increase public awareness and promote the importance of screening. Colon cancer is the number two killer yet number one preventable cancer and that is why we encourage all Torontonians to talk to their doctors and get the test -- it just may save your life.”

Today, participating members of the Toronto Public Service dressed casually to show their support for Colon Cancer Canada.

“We are excited that Mayor David Miller and City of Toronto staff are supporting our first Dress Down Day event,” Sittler commented. “With their help in promoting awareness, other Torontonians will recognize the importance of being screened for colon cancer.”

Colon Cancer Canada started as a grassroots operation in 1996 and gained momentum over the years. Its main focus is raising Canadians’ awareness of colon cancer and ways this cancer can be prevented. Colon Cancer Canada is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising money for, and spreading awareness of, colon cancer and related work.

For more information about Colon Cancer Canada, visit

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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Cindy Bromley, Finance and Administration Communications Manager,



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