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National Colorectal Cancer Month - March 2007

Colorectal cancer is a major health issue for Canadians. It is estimated that 20,000 new cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed in 2006 and approximately 8,500 died from the disease. As Minister of Health, I urge Canadians to learn about the risks of colorectal cancer, and to discuss the benefits of colorectal cancer screening with a physician. Increased awareness and screening can reduce the number of people who are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year.

Overall, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in Canada. It is the third most common form of cancer among men and women.

Canada’s New Government is investing $260 million to the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control to improve our country’s response to cancer. In November 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC). This new body will be responsible for implementing the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control, whose objectives are to reduce the number of new cases of cancer among Canadians, enhance the quality of life of those living with cancer, and lessen the likelihood of Canadians dying from cancer. This investment will also help improve screening and prevention, enhance funding for research activities, and help coordinate efforts with the provinces, territories, and cancer care advocacy groups.

I would like to thank the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada for its dedication to improving the quality of life of colorectal cancer patients and increasing awareness of the disease. We look forward to further collaboration with the Colorectal Cancer Association, as we work together to prevent and control colorectal cancer in Canada.

Tony Clement Minister of Health

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