Statement Article from  Public Health Agency of Canada

Message from the Minister of Health - World Cancer Day – February 4, 2017

Over the past several decades, we have made tremendous advances in cancer research, detection, treatment and management. Yet there is still so much more to be done. Despite our best efforts, cancer remains the leading cause of death in Canada, and more than 500 Canadians are diagnosed with cancer every day.

The Government of Canada is committed to working with our stakeholders to help Canadian families affected by cancer. For example, through investments in the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, the Government of Canada is supporting prevention, early detection, treatment and support for those living with cancer.

We continue to promote physical activity, healthy eating, and healthy weights by funding community-based programming and initiatives aimed at chronic disease prevention.  Through our Multi-sectoral Partnerships Approach, the Public Health Agency of Canada has invested $49 million and leveraged over $43 million in non-governmental funding in innovative partnerships and ideas to promote healthy living and help prevent chronic diseases, like cancer.

We also work closely with key partners to create resources like #OneNewThing, an online breast health tool developed by Shoppers Drug Mart and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, and It’s My Life!, an online cancer prevention tool created by the Canadian Cancer Society. Run to Quit, which is co-led by the Canadian Cancer Society and the Running Room, is helping Canadians be proactive in reducing their risk for developing cancer.

Our work doesn’t end there. Effective programs and policies must be rooted in solid evidence. That’s why, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, we have invested over $1.3 billion in cancer research over the past decade. Through cutting-edge research, Canadian scientists in the fields of genetics, stem cell science and immunotherapy are developing promising new treatments. Further to this, our long-standing partnerships with provinces, territories and stakeholder groups help us to deliver annual statistics that inform programs, policies and public health action.

This year’s World Cancer Day theme — “We can. I can.”— inspires us to take action to reduce cancer here and around the world. I encourage you to take personal steps to live healthier lives, speak to a healthcare provider about your risk, and share your thoughts by joining the conversation on social media using the hashtag #WorldCancerDay.

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

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