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View Wladyslaw Lizon Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair, and thank you to all the witnesses for being here.
First of all, I would like to thank the committee for agreeing to this study. It is my passion and I will be working on it because I truly believe that we should really address what is one of the major health issues that we have in this country.
To start, I have just a few basic questions for Mr. Kosatsky.
You mentioned in your presentation that lung cancer is actually different in smokers, in non-smokers.... Did you mention three types?
View Wladyslaw Lizon Profile
CPC (ON)
If you look at a smoker who also is exposed to radon and at people who are exposed to radon only, how do those types of cancer compare? Or do they compare at all?
View Wladyslaw Lizon Profile
CPC (ON)
This is probably a very basic technical question. Is the unit that's referred to a becquerel?
View Wladyslaw Lizon Profile
CPC (ON)
I understand—and I don't know, so correct me if I'm wrong—that the radon gas we get at home would probably have different levels of radioactivity. How does this unit refer to the level of radioactivity in a gas? As I understand it, it's not only the level of the gas itself, but there's also the time of exposure. I would assume that the level of radioactivity plays a very important role here as well.
View Wladyslaw Lizon Profile
CPC (ON)
Just one last, maybe—
View Wladyslaw Lizon Profile
CPC (ON)
Yes, very short, Mr. Chair, because we were talking about an awareness campaign. Speaking for my constituents, the majority of them have no idea that we have radon and no idea about statistics.
When I go to a doctor's office, I see brochures about doing the PSA test or about checking my heart. I've never seen a brochure about checking my home for radon. Do you have any comments on that?
View Wladyslaw Lizon Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair, and thank you to all the witnesses for coming here this afternoon.
You were speaking about changing times, saying that everything is changing, the technology etc. You know what? I know everything is changing. When I was growing up, if I wanted to talk to someone, I had to walk and talk in person. Now 50 years later I can sit in front of a computer and with a single touch of the screen or a button, I can actually reach someone. Of course, the world is changing and it's changing dramatically. Therefore, are you saying that you were surprised by this dramatic change and didn't foresee it?
You were talking about financial losses over the years and now we're talking about the recent changes to Cantonese, Mandarin, and Punjabi programming. You also changed what you broadcast in Polish, Ukrainian, and other languages. Therefore, shouldn't you maybe change your business model and look at it differently as a whole model? I'll tell you why. I personally, and I think my colleagues as well, would expect any business that operates in a community not only to draw from the community, but also to give back. If you're talking about financial losses, why don't you look at those dollars as investment back in a community that supports you in wireless, in cable, in other businesses? I think OMNI should not be looked at as a separate little piece of your business. You should look at your customers as a base that you serve not only in this little part, but as a whole.
View Wladyslaw Lizon Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you.
Mr. Chair, if I have any time left, I would like to offer it to Mr. Terence Young.
View Wladyslaw Lizon Profile
CPC (ON)
I would like to thank all the witnesses for coming here and being at the committee this afternoon.
The first question I have is for both Dr. Wheatley-Price and Dr. Leighl. I want to go back to statistics. I understand you already mentioned that the majority, or 85%, are smokers, and from what I know, in that group the numbers are more or less equal for men and women. However, in the non-smokers group, I understand that the numbers of women who get lung cancer are higher than those for men. I don't know whether my figure is correct, but I heard about 50% more women than men get lung cancer among non-smokers. I might be incorrect there.
Is there any indication as to why that is so? Have there been any breakthroughs on this issue?
View Wladyslaw Lizon Profile
CPC (ON)
Again with regard to statistics, in the groups that the federal government is responsible for providing health care to, which would be military, RCMP, and aboriginals, are statistics among those groups similar to those for the general public, or is there anything that we should be looking at? Is there anything alarming there?
View Wladyslaw Lizon Profile
CPC (ON)
Okay.
My next question is about prevention. What should the public know about how to prevent lung cancer? We've heard about smoking and radon gas. Is there anything else in our diet? When you assess patients, are you looking at family history? Is it relevant? Is it not relevant?
Also, I know that time is limited, so therefore I'm going to ask the following question on early detection. I understand that the technology is available. Working with the national framework, there is a pilot project in Alberta that was mentioned and is being done. Once the patient is detected with a very early stage of cancer, what do you do? Do you intervene or not intervene? I've heard that sometimes early detection does not necessarily mean early intervention. How do you deal with it?
View Wladyslaw Lizon Profile
CPC (ON)
Thirty seconds? That's enough to ask a short question.
We're talking about smoking. In the home where I grew up, nobody smoked, but every smoker who came to our home smoked at home. Therefore, people of my generation were all exposed one way or the other to second-hand smoke. Do you have any comment on this?
View Wladyslaw Lizon Profile
CPC (ON)
Should people of my generation get tested at a certain age?
View Wladyslaw Lizon Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Last Sunday, Mr. Mieczyslaw “Mitch” Lutczyk, a veteran who was almost 96 years old—he would have had his 96th birthday on July 29—passed away. He was one of the very few left who fought in the defensive war in 1939. Then his story is that with part of the Polish army he went to France and fought defending France. When France fell, he went to England and fought defending England. He then became part of the Polish 1st Armoured Division, which landed in Normandy and was attached to the First Canadian Army. He fought in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, and then moved to Canada. He spent many years in Canada. He was a great community leader. We will all miss him and I would like to show my great respect for everything he has done in his life.
I don't know whether we are going to have another chance to have an S.O. 31 in the House, but I wanted to present this in committee and that's why I wanted this part of the meeting to not be in camera.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Some hon. members: Hear, hear!
View Wladyslaw Lizon Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
You'll have to excuse me. I am losing my voice, but I hope you can hear me.
The first question I have is for Professor Carleton. Thank you for your presentation.
I want to ask you this, first of all. This committee conducted a study on prescription drug abuse, antidepressant abuse. On one hand we have become, I think, the country with third highest rate of consumption of antidepressants in the world. We know that some painkillers and antidepressants eventually lead to certain mental disorders. On the other hand, we have growing numbers of people with mental disorders. PTSD, for example, was not recognized until relatively recently. Therefore, professor, how do you put it together? You mentioned prevention and early intervention. How do you determine who needs help? How do you determine high-risk people?
I know the science may not be there. I will give you one short story before you answer. I also serve on the veterans affairs committee, and at a recent meeting someone was complaining that there's a case of a veteran who was first diagnosed with PTSD, and then he was reassessed by another doctor as having anxiety, and the person was told that was wrong. We have to rely on a doctor's opinion. Can you maybe elaborate on all these issues?
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