2018/2019 Impact Report
Last year was another important year for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). We continued to innovate and take bold steps to increase our impact. We look to the year ahead with optimism and determined focus, knowing we are moving closer to realizing our vision of a world where no Canadian fears cancer.
Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. But we know that for people with cancer and their loved ones, life is about more than a diagnosis. With your support, we’re helping people live longer and enhancing their quality of life.
CCS is the only national charity that supports Canadians with all cancers in communities across the country. And we simply couldn’t do it without you.
In this report you can read about the difference we made together in 2018. We funded $40.4 million in groundbreaking research, invested $52.6 million in trusted information and compassionate and practical support to people with cancer and their families, and dedicated $3.1 million to advocating to governments for important social change.
Thank you for your generosity. Together, we are demonstrating that life is bigger than cancer.
Advocating for landmark tobacco legislation
Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of cancer in Canada and is responsible for about 30% of all cancer deaths. As the voice for Canadians who care about cancer issues, CCS has been a leading advocate for tobacco plain packaging regulations since the 1990s.
Plain packaging decreases tobacco use and saves lives. It reduces the appeal of tobacco products and increases the impact of health warnings. After more than 3 decades of advocating for this important legislation, the federal government released its first draft of plain packaging regulations in 2018. The new regulations are considered the best and most comprehensive in the world and represent a significant and historic public health victory.
Enhancing our online services
Fear, anxiety, helplessness, anger – these are feelings people can have when they receive a cancer diagnosis. But knowledge and support are powerful. That’s why we offer a comprehensive support system to help people with cancer, survivors, caregivers and families cope.
In 2018 we completed 2 important projects to enhance our valued online services and make sure people can access support whenever and wherever they need it. We updated our Community Services Locator, making it easier for people to find cancer-related services and resources in communities across the country. This searchable database now contains more than 4,700 listings. We also improved and expanded CancerConnection.ca, an online platform that helps people affected by cancer connect, share their experiences and build supportive relationships. The newly enhanced platform is mobile friendly, which means people can access this beloved community and find support anytime, anywhere.
Improving long-term health for childhood cancer survivors
Thanks to better treatments, 84% of children diagnosed with cancer today will survive at least 5 years. But an estimated two-thirds of childhood cancer survivors will experience at least one chronic or late side effect as a result of their cancer treatment. While the long-term physical side effects of cancer treatments are well known, the impact of a cancer diagnosis on the mental health of survivors of childhood cancer has been less understood.
With funding from CCS, Dr Sumit Gupta and his team investigated this important aspect of life after cancer and helped fill in a gap in our knowledge. Their research showed that childhood cancer survivors are at a higher risk of developing mental health challenges, including anxiety and depression. This new evidence opens the door for improved long-term care and support to help prevent and address these challenges and enhance quality of life for survivors of childhood cancer.
When you donate
You help us fund the country’s largest support system for people affected by cancer, ground breaking research and advocacy efforts that help all Canadians live healthier lives. We are grateful for your generosity and every dollar you give.
The financial statements for the year ending January 31, 2019, including the notes to the financial statements and the auditor’s report, are available on cancer.ca.
We are a collective of people united by the same goals. With the help of hundreds of thousands of people – including people with cancer and their loved ones, caregivers, healthcare teams, donors, scientists, advocates, and CCS staff and volunteers – we are creating a world where no Canadian fears cancer. At CCS, we know we couldn’t do what we do without you. Together, we are a force-for-life in the face of cancer.Attachments: