Ministerial Message from Minister Petitpas Taylor Raising Awareness for Breast Cancer - October 2017


Ottawa, ON – October 1, 2017

One in eight Canadian women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Every October, we raise our collective awareness about this disease and acknowledge its impact.

While breast cancer remains the most frequently diagnosed cancer for Canadian women, the number of women being diagnosed with the disease has been stable since 2004 and the death rate from the disease has been trending down since the mid-1980s. Appropriate screening, early detection and improved treatments all contribute to this encouraging statistic.

Research indicates that more than 20% of breast cancers respond to prevention efforts. Leading a healthy lifestyle—with a balanced diet, exercise, a smoke-free environment and limited alcohol intake—can help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.

Through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Government of Canada has invested $278 million in breast cancer research since 2000. In addition to funding research, the Government is committed to supporting programs to encourage healthy living such as the Breast Health Program and the High Risk Breast Cancer Project which aim to raise awareness about the risk factors for breast cancer.

This month, as we pin pink ribbons onto our lapels, let’s make a concerted effort to learn more about what we can do to live healthier lives and to reduce our risk of breast cancer.

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health

For more information (media only), please contact:

Yves-Alexandre Comeau
Office of Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health
(613) 957-0200

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