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June 1 2014

As Minister of Health, I would like to draw attention to National Cancer Survivors Day, which takes place each year on the first Sunday of June.

National Cancer Survivors Day is a celebration of life, and serves as an ongoing reminder that we can all work together to beat this terrible disease.

Statistics tell us that there are over 800,000 Canadians living now that had cancer in the past 10 years. Moreover, some 63 per cent of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least five years after their diagnosis.

While these figures continue to improve, we cannot forget the plight of those afflicted by this condition. A cancer diagnosis can be devastating to receive; it comes at a heavy emotional toll and often means a difficult struggle ahead for both the patient and their family and friends.

Despite the many negatives of this disease, we also have over 800,000 reasons to be inspired. If someone else can beat cancer, so can you – that’s a positive we can’t forget.

Given cance's profound impact on this nation – it’s our leading cause of death – the Government of Canada considers cancer to be a priority health issue and we are proud to be part of the fight against cancer.

While much work remains to be done, the many cancer survivors we have today serve to remind us that our collective efforts are having an impact.

As the ranks of our survivors grow, we have more reasons than ever to know that we can, and will, beat this disease once and for all.


The Honourable Rona Ambrose
Minister of Health

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