CancerCare Manitoba
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January 18, 2012

CancerCare Manitoba to Help Patients, Their Families, Quit Smoking

Smoking Cessation Program Will Include Counseling, Tools, at no Cost

Winnipeg, Manitoba January 18, 2012 - CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB) will provide a comprehensive smoking cessation program to cancer patients and their immediate family, to help them stop smoking. Supported by funding from the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation and CCMB, the program will include the best practice approach of combining counseling with treatment such as nicotine patches or medication. Starting with patients facing Thoracic, Head & Neck cancers, smoking cessation services will be available to cancer patients and their immediate family at no cost.

"The grip of this deadly habit is so strong that we have patients who continue to smoke, even while coming to us for treatment of cancer, and many are under the false impression that it is 'too late' because they have cancer already", said CCMB President & CEO, Dr. Dhali Dhaliwal. "Studies show that stopping smoking at any time improves a person's health. For cancer patients it improves their odds of beating cancer and lowers the risk of recurrence of cancer. Quitting smoking is the best option."

Cigarette smoking is the most preventable cause of cancer, particularly lung cancer. Approximately 80-90% of lung cancers are associated with first or second hand exposure to smoke. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Canada.

While the initial focus will be on Thoracic and Head & Neck cancer patients, which includes lung cancer patients, all CCMB patients facing cancer can consult with the CCMB smoking cessation staff.

CCMB's Smoking Cessation Services will help patients and their families deal with the emotional and physical aspects of quitting smoking, through a full range of supportive cessation treatments.

"We are doing more than just encouraging our patients to quit ? we're giving them the tools to quit", says Jill Taylor Brown, Director of CCMB's Patient and Family Support Services, which will jointly coordinate the CCMB Smoking Cessation Clinic with CCMB's Pharmacy and Nursing departments. "Patients will be offered the help from a team that includes a nurse practitioner, a social worker and pharmacist, who will provide support and guidance on how to successfully quit smoking for the long term."

According to latest results from the Canadian Community Health Survey, almost 19% of Manitobans are smokers. Adults between the ages of 20 to 34 years have the highest rate of smoking. Quitting smoking at any age helps, with greater benefits realized the younger the smoker kicks the habit.

For more information contact:
David Hultin
Communications Coordinator
CancerCare Manitoba
(204) 787-4540 or

CancerCare Manitoba is charged by an act of the Manitoba legislature with responsibility for cancer prevention, detection, care, research and education for the people of Manitoba. As a centre of choice, we are dedicated to excellence in cancer care, to enhancing quality of life for those living with cancer and blood disorders, and to improving cancer control for all Manitobans.

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