September 14 , 2011



Stephen Lewis Asks Students to Lead Fight Against Cancer


The People vs. Cancer Speaking Tour begins at McMaster University


Hamilton, Ont. September 14, 2011McMaster University is the first site for The People vs. Cancer Speaking Tour Campaign to Control Cancer (C2CC) which will feature Stephen Lewis, former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations and United Nations special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa.


Mr. Lewis will encourage young people to take a leadership role in the fight against cancer and address the moral imperative for Canadian leadership. The speaking tour is inspired by the United Nation’s first Global Summit on Noncommunicable Diseases being held September 19-20, 2011 in New York City. The only other UN summit to focus on a global health issue was the HIV/AIDS summit in 2001.


One in three Canadians will face a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. The C2CC estimates that cancer rates can be cut in half in one generation simply by acting on and implementing what we know already in areas like tobacco control, maintaining a healthy weight and diet, regular physical activity, limiting alcohol consumption, avoiding tanning beds and UV exposure, and screening at-risk and vulnerable populations.




· Stephen Lewis, former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations and United Nations
Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa


· Dr. Simon Sutcliffe, Board Chair, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and Past President, BC Cancer Agency


· John Elliott, Senior Manager, Public Policy of Sanofi-Aventis

· Dr. Mark Levine, Professor and Chair, Department of Oncology, Michael G. DeGroote
School of Medicine, McMaster University




· McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
Health Sciences Centre, Ewart Angus Centre, Room 1A1
Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 4 to 6 p.m.


Tour details can be found at



For more information or to schedule an interview contact:


Pat Kelly, CEO
Campaign to Control Cancer
Tel: 1.877.728.5355
Cell: 1.828.337.8313


Veronica McGuire
McMaster University
Tel: 905-525-9140, ext. 22169