Minister of Health Tyler Shandro issues statement on Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Minister Shandro

Minister of Health Tyler Shandro issued the following statement on Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

“Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer found in women; about one in eight women in Alberta will develop breast cancer at some point in her life.

“Despite the tremendous progress we’ve made in treatment, receiving a diagnosis of cancer is still devastating for patients and their families.  

“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I want to thank the countless organizations, researchers, health professionals and volunteers who provide breast cancer patients and survivors with support and hope.

“Because of increased awareness, every year, many more women achieve positive outcomes as a result of regular screening, early detection and advancements in treatment. We are also learning more about the risk factors associated with breast cancer, and what can be done to reduce the risk.

“I encourage all women in Alberta to be diligent about getting regular breast exams. Mammograms can often find breast cancer years before it’s felt. Please find out more about Alberta’s Breast Cancer Screening Program and how to book an appointment.

“Until a cure is found, early detection and intervention will remain critical to giving every patient and family the best odds of beating breast cancer.”

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