Ovarian cancer is the most fatal women’s cancer in Canada; and this year, 2,800 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 1,750 will die from the disease;
Outcomes for ovarian cancer have not changed in 50 years, treatments have not advanced significantly since the 1990s;
Despite these facts, investment in ovarian cancer research lags well behind that of other cancers;
In 2013, only $13.8M was invested in ovarian cancer research in Canada, while $74 million was spent on breast cancer research and $36.5 million on prostate cancer research;
Cancers such as breast and prostate cancer have seen great advances in prognosis and treatment and these gains are largely attributed to the significant investments in research; and
Unfortunately, insufficient research funding for ovarian cancer continues to stall scientific progress, leading to the loss of far too many lives.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to make an immediate additional investment of $10 million in ovarian cancer research to help save the lives of thousands of Canadian women diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
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