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September 2014

September is a month to observe a number of cancer awareness initiatives, including those related to childhood cancer, men’s cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer. Although cancer presents itself in different forms, one thing all cancers have in common is that they do not discriminate; cancer touches the lives of all Canadians and communities in every corner of the country.

While the overall rate of cancer deaths has been steadily declining for the past 25 years due to better treatment options, there is still work to be done. Cancer is still the leading cause of death in Canada. Approximately two in five Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetime and one in four Canadians will die of the disease. We all know someone who lives with cancer, who has been successfully treated, or who has died from cancer.

That is why our Government is committed to investing in cancer research and treatment. Through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), we are supporting leading edge research focused on finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Since 2000, CIHR has invested over $1.7 billion in cancer research, including $161 million in 2013–14 alone. And since 2006, our government has also contributed close to $400 million, through the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, for prevention, screening, research and supportive care programs and initiatives.

I commend all of the organizations across Canada who are working to combat this disease. This year, I encourage all Canadians to learn more about what they can do to support those living with cancer, and to raise awareness among Canadians about cancer prevention.

Rona Ambrose
Minister of Health
Government of Canada


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