Mr. Speaker, I rise today to bring awareness to a very important issue. October is Brain Tumour Awareness Month. Every day, 27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour. It is estimated that 55,000 Canadians are surviving with this illness. Alarmingly, the number of diagnoses is increasing but the reasoning is unknown.
The current Canadian medical system does not track statistics on primary brain tumours. Complete and accurate data is needed to facilitate the research that will lead to a better understanding of this disease and improved diagnosis and treatment.
Enhancing the quality of life for people with brain tumours requires access to quality specialty care, clinical trials, follow-up care and rehabilitative services.
Canadians are invested in the future of health care in this country. As we prepare for the renegotiation of the Canadian health accord in 2014, we have the opportunity to re-imagine how our public health care system delivers quality care. We can make brain tumour research a priority and improve the lives of those affected.
The New Democrats call on the government to ensure that crucial research and funding in this field be supported through its health care initiatives. We seek help from the Minister of Health to ensure that those who have brain tumours will indeed--