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Minister Aglukkaq celebrates Daffodil Day

April 27, 2013
For immediate release

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Fact Sheet: Daffodil Day

(Yellowknife) – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, today celebrated Daffodil Day at a lunch hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society in Yellowknife.

“The Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day honours the thousands of people in Canada who live with cancer and those who have lost their lives to the disease,” said Minister Aglukkaq. “It is also a day of hope, where Canadians work together to raise awareness about cancer and give generously in the fight against the disease.”

In 2013, the Canadian Cancer Society marks its 75th anniversary. In Yellowknife, Daffodil Day is the highlight of Daffodil Month activities, which begin in late March and extend into April with a series of cancer fundraising and awareness events and activities.

“In the 1940s, the five-year survival rate for all cancers combined was 25%, but today it’s over 60%,” said Pamela Fralick, President and CEO, Canadian Cancer Society. “By working with Canadians, the Canadian Cancer Society will continue to fight cancer by funding promising research, promoting cancer prevention and supporting those living with the disease.”

The Public Health Agency of Canada’s healthy living and disease prevention programs are supporting partnerships that help Canadians reduce the risks for chronic diseases, including cancer.

In addition, since 2006, the Government of Canada has invested over $250 million in the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer to implement the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control. The Strategy addresses eight areas regarding cancer: primary prevention; screening/early detection; standards; cancer guidelines; cancer journey; health human resources; research; and, surveillance.

“Governments alone can’t fight cancer,” said Minister Aglukkaq. “All sectors have a role to play. I applaud the efforts of the Canadian Cancer Society, whose volunteers are making an invaluable contribution to our fight against cancer.”

The Public Health Agency of Canada is committed to promoting and protecting the health of Canadians. For more information on cancer, please visit http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/cd-mc/cancer/index-eng.php.

For more information, please contact:

Public Health Agency of Canada
Media Relations
(613) 941-8189

Health Canada
Cailin Rodgers
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Federal Minister of Health
(613) 957-0200

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