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4757 PARTICIPANTS BEGIN DAY TWO OF 60-KM WEEKEND TO END BREAST CANCER WALK RAISING OVER $13 MILLION

 

Walkers will finish the last 30 km of their 60 km journey at Exhibition Place this afternoon 

(Toronto, September 7, 2008) - Yesterday, The Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret announced that 4757 participants raised over $13 million in Toronto’s 6th annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer event, a 60 kilometre walk to raise funds for breast cancer research and care at The Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret. The seventh annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer benefiting The Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret is already planned for September 11-13, 2009.

Walkers set out early yesterday morning after an uplifting Opening Ceremonies at the CNE. Hours later, they arrived at a “Tent City” erected at Downsview Park, where they were greeted by hot showers, meals and entertainment. Though a little weary from their 30 kilometre trek the day before, participants had no problem finding the drive to get up early this morning and begin the last 30 kilometres to the finish line.

The emotional closing ceremonies begin today at 4:30pm. Media are encouraged to arrive earlier from 3pm onwards as the visuals of walkers crossing the finish line prior to ceremonies present an excellent photo op. Walkers will walk a “pink carpet” as they reach the end of their 60 km journey.

“Everyone who walks ‘becomes’ something or someone different after experiencing the Weekend to End Breast Cancer,” says Paul Alofs, the President and CEO of the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. “You become part of a group which has done a courageous thing. You become an advocate for breast cancer research, treatment and survivorship. You become more than a participant in a fundraising event; you become someone who steps up and steps forward instead of stepping back and stepping away. As my dear late Mom would remind us, ‘Becoming is Superior to Being.’

Hundreds of Volunteers and Crew Members are on hand to provide support over the course of the two day event including meals, water and snack stops, gear transport, portable restrooms, safety on the streets, and comprehensive medical services.

“The Weekend to End Breast Cancer is our major fundraiser for breast cancer research at The Princess Margaret Hospital,” states Dr. Benjamin Neel, Research Director at The Princess Margaret. “The last ten years have seen much progress in our understanding of breast cancer progress that has begun to translate into the clinic. For the first time, breast cancer death rates are actually falling. But there is still much to do, and support will help scientists at one of the world's top five cancer centres make further progress against this major killer of our mothers, wives, daughters and friends.”

The Weekend to End Breast Cancer benefits The Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret, one of the top five comprehensive cancer research centres in the world. Since 2003 a total of $18 million from funds raised by the Weekend to End Breast Cancer have been allocated to The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research. Under the leadership of renowned researcher Dr. Tak Mak, his dream team of international researchers has begun to direct research into areas targeting genes to fight the disease, the development of new treatments and is continuously conducting clinical trials. The Princess Margaret has achieved a stellar reputation as a global leader in the fight against cancer and will continue to do so with the crucial funds raised from The Weekend to End Breast Cancer Event.

For more information about the event, or to register as a participant for next year, please contact (416) 815-9255, or sign up online at www.endcancer.ca 

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Contact:                                                                                                          

Christiana Mellway, Communications Coordinator

T: 416-577-9255

 

 

4,757 PARTICIPANTS RAISE $13 MILLION

 IN 60-KILOMETRE WALK FOR BREAST CANCER

 

The Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret benefits from millions raised by participants in two-day walk.

 

(Toronto, September 6, 2008) - Today, The Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret announced that 4,757 participants raised over $13 million in its annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer event. This multi-day event is the largest single-event breast cancer fundraiser in Toronto. The seventh annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer in Toronto is already planned for September 11-13, 2009.

 
“Everyone who walks ‘becomes’ something or someone different after experiencing The Weekend to End Breast Cancer,” said Paul Alofs, president and CEO of the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. “You become part of a group which has done a courageous thing. You become an advocate for breast cancer research, treatment and survivorship. You become more than a participant in a fundraising event; you become someone who steps up and steps forward instead of stepping back and stepping away. As my dear late Mom would remind us, ‘Becoming is Superior to Being.’”

 

After a moving Opening Ceremonies at Princes’ Gate, participants embark on the first 30 kilometers of their walk. Tonight, they camp at Downsview Park, as they rest up for the final 30 kilometers on Sunday, taking them through more of Toronto’s scenic neighborhoods. Their weekend journey ends tomorrow with inspiring Closing Ceremonies at Halls A and B at Exhibition Place at 4:30pm. Family, friends, and supporters are invited to greet and cheer on the walkers as they make their way to the finish.

 

“The Weekend to End Breast Cancer is our major fundraiser for breast cancer research at The Princess Margaret Hospital,” said Dr. Benjamin Neel, Research Director at The Princess Margaret. “The last ten years have seen much progress in our understanding of breast cancer progress that has begun to translate into the clinic. For the first time, breast cancer death rates are actually falling. But there is still much to do, and support will help scientists at one of the world's top five cancer centres make further progress against this major killer of our mothers, wives, daughters and friends.”

 

The Weekend to End Breast Cancer benefits The Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret, one of the top five comprehensive cancer research centres in the world. Since 2003, a total of $25.5 million from funds raised by the Weekend to End Breast Cancer have been allocated to The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research. Under the leadership of renowned researcher Dr. Tak Mak, his dream team of ten Principal Investigators and over 130 staff continues its relentless quest to find new discoveries in breast cancer. Further funding has allowed investment in new leading edge diagnostic equipment and setting new standards for breast cancer treatment and care through innovative clinical trials and pilot programs.  

 

The Princess Margaret has achieved a stellar reputation as a global leader in the fight against cancer and will continue to do so with the crucial funds raised from The Weekend to End Breast Cancer Event.

 

For more information about the event, or to register as a participant for next year, please contact (416) 815-9255, or sign up online at www.endcancer.ca. Visit Opening Ceremonies, Camp or Closing Ceremonies and register on-site for 2009!

 

 

About The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at Princess Margaret Hospital
The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at Princess Margaret Hospital brings together an elite team of cancer researchers, scientists, clinicians and staff dedicated to the ultimate goal of conquering cancer by leveraging basic, translational and clinical research into dramatic cancer breakthroughs. For more information, go to www.campbellfamilyinstitute.ca.


About Princess Margaret Hospital
Princess Margaret Hospital and its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute, which includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and The Campbell Family Breast Cancer Research Institute, have achieved an international reputation as one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world. Princess Margaret Hospital is a member of University Health Network which also includes Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital. All three are research hospitals affiliated with the University of Toronto and more information about UHN can be found at www.uhn.ca.

About The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation
The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation at University Health Network raises funds for research, exemplary teaching and compassionate care at Princess Margaret Hospital and its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute, which includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and The Campbell Family Breast Cancer Research Institute. More information about the Foundation can be found at www.pmhf.ca.

 

 

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Study identifies breast density as the #1 risk factor for breast cancer
Definitive long term study in 3 Canadian screening populations

(Toronto - January 17, 2007) -Scientists at The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research at Princess Margaret Hospital have established that extensive dense tissue in the breast is a major risk factor for breast cancer. 

The risk of breast cancer was about five times greater in women with extensive dense tissue in the breast compared to those with little or no dense tissue. Risk was increased both for women with breast cancer detected by screening, and in those with cancers found between screening examinations. Risk of breast cancer in women with dense breasts remained high over a period of eight years, both at screening, and between screens. These results show that in addition to increasing risk of breast cancer, dense breast tissue also makes cancers more difficult to see in a mammogram.
 
“This study establishes that breast density is an extremely important risk factor for developing breast cancer,” says the study’s principal investigator,” Dr. Norman Boyd, a principal investigator in The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research at Princess Margaret Hospital and a professor at the University of Toronto. He is also the Lee K. and Margaret Lau Chair in Breast Cancer Research, Ontario Cancer Institute, Princess Margaret Hospital.

“Depending on a woman’s age, between 16-30 per cent of breast cancers can be attributed to extensive density,” says Dr. Boyd. “Other risk factors, including family history and the known genes, account for a much smaller proportion of the disease.” 

The paper will be published January 18, 2007 in The New England Journal of Medicine.To read the paper in PDF format, click here. To read the editorial in PDF format, click here.

For several decades medical literature has pointed to breast density as one of several risk factors for breast cancer. This study is the largest to date to be based on modern mammography, and to focus on how cancers were found.

The researchers compared different breast densities with the risk of breast cancer in more than 1,000 women with breast cancer and 1,000 who did not have the disease, who were screened in the National Breast Screening Study, The Ontario Breast Screening Program and the Screening Mammography Program of British Columbia.

Breast tissue is made up of fat, supporting tissue (stroma), and the epithelium that forms ducts and lobules. These tissues affect the passage of X-rays differently.  As a result, fat appears dark on a mammogram while denser tissues such as stroma, and epithelium, appear light. Density decreases with age and on average, women lose about one per cent of their breast density each year.

This research is supported by grants from the National Cancer Institute of Canada and the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance.

The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research at Princess Margaret Hospital brings together an elite team of cancer researchers, scientists, clinicians and staff dedicated to the ultimate goal of conquering breast cancer by leveraging basic, translational and clinical research into dramatic breast cancer breakthroughs. For more information, go to http://www.campbellfamilyinstitute.com/

Princess Margaret Hospital and its research arm, Ontario Cancer Institute, have achieved an international reputation as global leaders in the fight against cancer. Princess Margaret Hospital is a member of the University Health Network, which also includes Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital. All three are research hospitals affiliated with the University of Toronto. For more information, go to http://www.uhn.ca/

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