Member Statement – Raising Awareness About Ovarian Cancer
Ms. Chartier: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, Tuesday was World Ovarian Cancer Day. And tomorrow in my hometown of Saskatoon, an event titled The Ladyballs Show and Tell will be held at the Grand Salon of TCU Place to celebrate Ovarian Cancer Day. The Ladyballs Show and Tell is an evening of performance art, and will feature a live onstage musical performance by Michele Dubois, followed by a fun-filled hour of comedy by LadyBits Improv. Mr. Speaker, thousands of women are living with ovarian cancer in Canada. It is estimated that this year, 2,800 Canadian women will be newly diagnosed with this disease. Ovarian cancer is the fifth-most common cancer for women and is the most serious cancer for women, often because of late diagnosis. Mr. Speaker, ovarian cancer kills five Canadian women every day. Over 85 per cent of ovarian cancer cases are not found until late stages of the disease. This year in Saskatchewan, 80 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and unfortunately more than 55 will die. There is currently a national effort to gain $10 million in federal funding for ovarian cancer research. This funding would help advance understanding of this disease and improve treatment. Mr. Speaker, I ask all members to join me in marking World Ovarian Cancer Day and wishing all of those putting on events this weekend success as they push to raise awareness about, and funds for, this important issue, and thanking them for their efforts. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.