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In Brief
March 27, 2013

New guides available to boost two key components of person-centred care

Expanded implementation guides for the growing fields of patient navigation and screening for distress are now available to help improve the cancer journey for patients.

"In recent years, understanding of the need for both of these core elements of person-centred care has expanded rapidly," says Dr. Margaret Fitch, Expert Lead of the patient experience and survivorship initiatives of the Person-Centred Perspective at the Partnership. Read more...

Have a colonversation: You may save a life
Online resource provides tips for the talk

Five Feet of Fabulous is one of the colon health awareness tools offered by The Partnership joins with partners across the country urging Canadians to talk to friends and family about the importance of colon cancer screening during March - Colon Cancer Awareness Month - and all year round.

"Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Canada. In 2012, 5,000 men and 4,200 women were expected to die from it,¹" says Dr. Heather Bryant, the Partnership's Vice-President of Cancer Control. "But through screening colorectal cancer can often be found early, while it can still be treated successfully. Screening saves lives." Read more...

New report an opportunity to understand and improve impact of organized breast cancer screening

A new report released by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, entitled Organized Breast Cancer Screening Programs in Canada: Report on Program Performance in 2007 and 2008, provides key information about breast cancer morbidity and mortality as well as potential harms associated with screening. The report, which monitors and evaluates programs essential to the early detection of a disease that took the lives of an estimated 5,100 Canadians in 2012,² provides the latest data available to ensure that Canadian women ultimately have access to high-quality breast cancer screening programs. Read more...

The Partnership welcomes new Board members

The Partnership is pleased to welcome two new members to the Board of Directors. They are Pamela Fralick, President and CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society, and New Brunswick Associate Deputy Minister of Health - Francophone Services, Lyne St-Pierre-Ellis.

¹ Canadian Cancer Society's Steering Committee on Cancer Statistics. Canadian Cancer Statistics 2012. Toronto, ON: Canadian Cancer Society; 2012. Table 1.2.
² Canadian Cancer Society's Steering Committee on Cancer Statistics. Canadian Cancer Statistics 2012. Toronto, ON: Canadian Cancer Society; 2012.

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