World Ovarian Cancer DayPublished on 4 May 2017 Hansard and Statements by Senator Terry Mercer
Hon. Terry M. Mercer:
May 8 will mark the fifth World Ovarian Cancer Day. On July 2016, my wife, Ellen, celebrated 20 years since her surgery for ovarian cancer. She remains cancer-free, which is almost unheard of for those who suffer from this disease.
Every fall, in Halifax, at the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope, my family walks for her and for all the mothers, daughters, wives, nieces, sisters, granddaughters, aunts and friends to raise money for research for a cure and the development of early detection methods for ovarian cancer.
World Ovarian Cancer Day is another opportunity each year to raise awareness and educate us all on this disease, which sadly takes the lives of 140,000 women each year internationally.
Honourable senators, ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rate of any gynecological cancer. Survival rates in Canada have not improved. Symptoms are still very often misdiagnosed, and late diagnosis often means more victims from the disease.
We need to do more to educate on early warning signs. We need to do more to support those who are suffering from this disease. We need to do more to help find a cure. We need to do more to encourage increased research funding to accomplish all of these goals.
On this upcoming World Ovarian Cancer Day, I encourage you to spread the word about the efforts to help us fight this disease.
I would like to thank everyone who has generously supported my family in our walk with Ellen every year. With your continued help, we will find a cure.
Hon. Senators: Hear, hear.