Media Advisory – Canadian Cancer Society Announces its First Aboriginal Approaches to Cancer Prevention Symposium

Manitoulin Island, ON, Sept. 20, 2011 – With incidence rates of cancer among Ontario’s First Nation communities surpassing levels in the Canadian population at large, the Canadian Cancer Society’s Screening Saves Lives Program introduces its first Aboriginal Approaches to Cancer Prevention Symposium, which kicks off today with activities that include a fish-fry and head-shaving at the NEMI Recreation Complex in Little Current, Ontario.Aboriginal Approaches to Cancer Prevention Symposium is a three-day event that will highlight the importance of cancer screening and early detection among people of First Nation communities – a group that has seen the overall rate for new cancer cases nearly double between 1968 and 2001.Through interactive presentations, panel discussions, and engaging workshops, registered participants will have a chance to: learn about the importance of cancer screening, early detection, and cancer prevention; better understand how to access provincial-based screening programs; participate in wellness activities that are traditional in the Aboriginal culture; interact with local health agencies and their services.

For more information and to register for the event, go to www.cancer.ca/PreventionSymposium or contact Shauna Pitawanakwat 705 859-3393 or e-mail spitawanakwat@ontario.cancer.ca

WHAT: Aboriginal Approaches to Cancer Prevention Symposium Kick-off event

WHO: Canadian Cancer Society

WHEN: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: NEMI Recreation Complex, Little Current, Ontario

Photo Opportunities:

• Walk through the Giant Colon and open mike
• Fish-fry and head-shaving activities brought to you by the UCCM Police Services

About the Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For further information:
or to book an interview opportunity, please contact:

Media Contact
Salima Allibhai-Hussein
Senior Manager, Prevention
Canadian Cancer Society
Cell: 647 504-4512

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