As your best partner in the fight against cancer, we want you to be informed about how your donations make a difference. We believe donors should have access to meaningful information that enables them to make informed choices about where they would like to donate. In our commitment to transparency and accountability, we address one of the most commonly asked questions we receive.
Why should I donate to the Canadian Cancer Society?
The Canadian Cancer Society accomplishes more with your donations because of our reach, resources and experience. For more than 70 years, we have worked on many levels to fight back against cancer in communities across Canada – from helping patients, to empowering Canadians with trusted health information, to advocating on local, provincial and national levels, and by funding excellent research with international acclaim. With the support of volunteers, staff, donors and partners, we have more impact against more cancers in more communities than any other cancer charity in Canada.
Research is the Canadian Cancer Society’s single largest investment in the fight against cancer. As the primary supporter of Canadian cancer research, we have the opportunity to make the biggest impact. A 2010 study of the American Journal of Evaluation showed that Canadian researchers – a significant portion of which are funded by the Society – are making a bigger scientific impact than other researchers around the world.
Today, in large part due to our work and the support of our generous donors, over 62 per cent of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive compared with about 25 per cent in the 1940's. Thanks to our research, the treatment of cancer and the quality of life during treatment has dramatically improved in the last 30 years.
Our programs and services are offered free of charge, thanks to our thousands of cancer fighting volunteers and the generosity of the caring individuals who support the fight.
Our programs and services ensure no one facing cancer need face it alone.
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"Will there ever be a cure for cancer?"
Many people have asked this question – those who are living with cancer, those whose families have been touched by the disease, those who fear that cancer might be in their future.
The good news is that we’re closer than ever to fully understanding, treating, controlling and preventing the many diseases called “cancer.” Today, over 60% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least 5 years after their diagnosis. In the 1940s, survival was about 25%.
Incidence rates for most cancer sites are stabilizing or declining. Other recent statistics show the progress we have made against specific cancers, and also the work we still have to do.
In addition to breakthroughs in new treatment approaches, research has also helped to tremendously refine the three “traditional” approaches to cancer treatment — chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. While these approaches have been used for decades to treat cancer, there is a level of personalization and sophistication available today that can only be credited to research.
For example, surgery is now more accurate and often less invasive. Chemotherapy drugs are constantly being fine-tuned. We are also improving ways to deliver radiation therapy so that the treatment is more effective and healthy cells are not affected.
At the same time, there has been a veritable explosion of knowledge about the proteins, genes and cells involved in cancer over the past two decades. This exploding knowledge base is giving us the ability to pose and answer questions we could not even have conceived of 10 to 20 years ago, and is propelling us towards our ultimate goal of creating a world where no one needs to fear cancer.
Some experts doubt that we’ll ever find a single, universal cure for cancer, which isn’t really a single disease but actually is 200 or more different diseases. Yet researchers have uncovered a staggering amount of information about cancer over the past two decades.
This revolution in our understanding of cancer has set the stage for a new era in cancer therapy and prevention, due in part to the many studies and clinical trials funded by the Canadian Cancer Society.
Thanks to research, we are closer than ever before to fully understanding cancer. A broad range of research funded by the Canadian Cancer Society has contributed to our current knowledge of the disease. And as our knowledge increases, we will see even greater progress.
For more information on cancer and information on the Canadian Cancer Society please visit our website at www.cancer.ca.
We have a profound responsibility to fight cancer by any means possible. This year alone there will be 177,800 new cases of cancer in Canada. We know that we need to attack cancer at a number of levels if we want to have an impact, including funding groundbreaking research, advocating for healthy public policy and delivering programs to communities, cancer patients and their families.
We have had a number of wins this year and each victory is a testament to the strength and courage of our supporters.
One of our investments in research funded a groundbreaking approach in monitoring families with an abnormal susceptibility to cancer. This advancement is changing lives not only in Canada but around the world. The Toronto Protocol developed by Dr. David Malkin, is offering patients a new lease on life, which would not be possible without our fundraising efforts.
This year, out Cancer Information Service answered its one millionth call. Since the service began in 1996, Canadians have turned to us for information, support and resources about specific cancers and treatments. We know that cancer patients will continue to turn to us for the information they need.
At every step of the journey, our impact has grown through the continued generosity of our donors, the commitment of our 65,000 volunteers and the determination of our staff.
However, it is the stories of the people with whom we engage that keep us going. With your continued support, we will create a world where no one fears cancer.
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