Recognized as the leading cause of death in Canada, cancer has a profound impact on the health and well-being of individuals who are diagnosed with it, as well as on their families and caregivers. In Canada, almost half of our population will develop cancer during their lifetime, and 30% will die from this disease.
The month of September is a time to bring attention to the many forms of cancer, and to how Canadians can reduce the risk for themselves and their loved ones through prevention, research and support. This designated month is a time to reflect on our own lifestyles and explore the daily opportunities to reduce the risk of developing cancer, including increasing physical activity, reducing exposure to smoke, adopting better eating habits, and reducing excessive alcohol consumption. This month can also serve as a reminder for every individual to speak with their health care providers about appropriate lifestyle changes and cancer screening.
The Government of Canada recognizes cancer as an important health issue for Canadians. We are committed to reducing the number of new cancer cases through prevention strategies, enhancing the quality of life of those living with cancer, and lessening the likelihood of Canadians dying from cancer through our continued investment in the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. Over the past five years, the Government has also invested more than $800 million in cancer research.
As Minister of Health, I sincerely hope that people who are diagnosed with cancer feel supported and seek help from a professional to find way to cope with their own diagnosis or that of a loved one. I also encourage all Canadians to raise awareness about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and early detection.
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health
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