October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and rightfully so.

Across Canada, one out of eight women will still receive this diagnoses in her


We have all been impacted by this illness,

talked with friends or family members in distress after hearing of their personal or

a loved one’s diagnoses

Thousands of Canadians have joined walks in our cities in search of hope by bonding

with others who have all been impacted.

Let’s take this month to learn more about breast cancer, starting with prevention and


We’ve all heard how leading a healthy lifestyle, limiting alcohol intake, not smoking and

exercising regularly can help reduce risks.

However, today I want to focus on how important

it is for all women to pay attention to their own health, to talk to their health care

professionals and to get regular screenings.

This is essential for early detection and treatment.

Our government supports cancer research, through the Canadian Institutes of Health

Research and through the Canadian partnership against cancer.

But good health starts at home – with each of us leading healthy lives, paying close

attention to how we feel, and learning to monitor our health.

This month, let's raise awareness about breast cancer

and learn about the early signs

Thank you.