MPP Jeff Yurek’s Statement on Men’s Cancer Health Awareness Month

Speaker I’m pleased to rise today to discuss Men’s Cancer Health Awareness Month.

The month of September is a time to highlight the many different types of cancers that men may be susceptible.

Although it is impossible to determine a cancer diagnosis in advance, men should be cognizant of the top 5 cancers most susceptible to them.

These cancers include prostate cancer, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, bladder cancer, and melanoma.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Canadian men, resulting in 24% of all cancer diagnoses. 1 in 8 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. And it was estimated that 4,100 men died from this disease in 2015.

Other shocking statistics include;

1 in 12 Canadian men are expected to develop lung cancer during their lifetime, 1 in 13 will die from it.

1 in 14 Canadian men are expected to develop colorectal cancer during their lifetime, 1 in 29 will die from it.

1 in 27 Canadian men are expected to develop bladder cancer during their lifetime, 1 in 82 will die from it.

And 1 in 57 Canadian men are expected to develop melanoma during their lifetime, 1 in 227 will die from i

Mr. Speaker, the best preventative is a healthy lifestyle.

The Canadian Men’s Health Foundation runs a fantastic campaign called; Don’t Change Much.

They emphasize small, but critical changes that men can make in their day to day lives. It’s a simplistic message but it leads to healthier lifestyles and better outcomes.

Thank you very much Mr. Speaker.

 

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