Statement Article from  Public Health Agency of Canada

World Cancer Day 2016 Ministerial Message

February 4th is World Cancer Day

On World Cancer Day, I invite all Canadians to come together in the fight against cancer.  This day gives us the opportunity to educate Canadians about cancer and to support those who have been diagnosed or have been affected by cancer. Cancer has already affected too many of our loved ones, and it is estimated that almost half of all Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetime.

While the statistics may seem daunting, we can reduce our cancer risk. Living an active lifestyle, not smoking, eating healthy foods and participating in appropriate cancer screening, are all important for cancer prevention.  

The Government of Canada recognizes that much work remains in the fight against cancer. That is why we are committed to working with our partners to reach our goal. For example, the Government continues to support the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer which is having a profound impact on the lives of Canadians through its work in prevention, early detection, treatment and support for those living with cancer.

Other key partnerships, like those with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society, are providing Canadians with the tools and resources to reduce their risk for cancer.

In collaboration with Shoppers Drug Mart and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, we support the #OneNewThing online breast health tool, so that women can proactively create their own breast health plan.  We also recently launched the Run to Quit program with the Canadian Cancer Society and the Running Room, an innovative, evidence-based smoking cessation program that uses running as a means to quit smoking.

Our work doesn’t stop there. The Government of Canada is committed to improving our understanding of cancer through surveillance and analyzing trends that inform programs, policies and public health action. This includes leading the Cancer in Young People in Canada Program surveillance system to collect information from Canadian pediatric hospitals nationwide so we can better understand cancer in our youth.

Finally, one of my top priorities is to work with the provinces and territories to continue transforming and strengthening health-care systems so that they can provide high-quality, accessible and patient-centered health services in a sustainable way.

The theme of this year’s World Cancer Day is “We can. I can.”  I am confident that by working together, we can continue to progress in controlling cancer and improving the health and well-being of Canadians.

The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P.

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