June Is ALS Awareness Month
June marks Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month in Canada. It's an opportunity to highlight the impact of this disease on Canadians, promote understanding of the illness and support efforts to find a cure.
Also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, ALS is a progressive and ultimately fatal neuromuscular disease that can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. ALS causes nerve cells to degenerate and muscles to weaken and eventually become immobile.
Millions of Canadians suffer from neurological conditions such as ALS. Our Government is committed to fighting neurological diseases. Earlier in June, we announced $15 million to support a major national study on neurological diseases.
The four-year study will provide key information needed to improve current knowledge about the prevalence, risk factors, use of health services, economic cost, and current and projected impacts of these diseases over the next 20 years.