Canadian Cancer Society - Fighting Cancer with Canadians

TORONTO, June 21, 2011 /CNW/ - With the Canadian Cancer Society's national signature special event - Relay For Life - taking place in hundreds of communities across Canada , the Society thanks participants and all its donors for helping lead the way in the fight against cancer.

"With the generous help of Canadians, the Society is making more impact, in more communities than any other charity in Canada," says Peter Goodhand, President and CEO, Canadian Cancer Society. "We are truly grateful for this continued support of our work and we wish all Relay For Life participants great success at their events. By working together, we will create a world where no Canadian fears cancer."

The Society fights cancer on three fronts:

  • by delivering programs and services based on the needs of Canadians
  • by funding world class research to advance discovery in all aspects of cancer
  • by advocating on behalf of Canadians on important cancer issues

"Each area of our work provides an important piece to our comprehensive approach to fighting this disease," says Goodhand. "We believe strongly that this multi-faceted approach is the key to continued progress against cancer. We are confident that Canadians see us as their best investment in the cancer fight because of our balanced approach."

The Society does everything it can to reduce the risk of Canadians ever developing cancer, provide meaningful support to people living with cancer and  to fund impactful research.  Here's how the Society's work is impacting Canadians:

  • The Society is the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada. Three extraordinary breakthroughs in breast and prostate cancer, funded by the Society, have the potential to change the way cancer is prevented and treated. Read more about how Society-funded research is making an impact across Canada and around the world

  • We led advocacy campaigns that resulted in the federal government creating the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, resulting in over $100 million per year of federal investment in cancer research.

  • We are advocating for a ban on asbestos as all forms of asbestos cause cancer

  • We are lobbying the federal government to establish:
  • We're working across Canada to ban the use of cosmetic pesticides  as well as indoor tanning for young people. We have led advocacy efforts to establish provincial colorectal cancer screening programs.

  • We have been a leader in tobacco control in Canada for years. We were a key player in ensuring the federal government implemented a national ban on flavoured cigarillos and cigarettes in 2010, and our efforts re-established leadership in tobacco package labeling.

  • Our information and support services helped an estimated 75,000 cancer patients and caregivers last year:
    • We distributed about two million print materials across Canada about all aspects of cancer last year.

    • Our telephone-based Cancer Information Service has helped almost one million people since 1996.

    • More than 6,600 people across Canada were helped by the Society's CancerConnection telephone-based peer support program last year.

    • Our website - cancer.ca - received more than 3.6 million visits from Canadians looking for current information about cancer last year.

"We're proud of what we've accomplished, but we know that there is still much more to be done," says Goodhand. "We will continue to work with Canadians so that fewer Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer, more will survive and people living with cancer get the support they need."

The Canadian Cancer Society fights cancer by doing everything we can to prevent cancer, save lives and support people living with cancer. Join the fight! Go to fightback.ca to find out how you can help. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website at cancer.ca  or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

SOURCE Canadian Cancer Society (National Office)

For further information:

Alexa Giorgi
Bilingual Communications Specialist
416-934-5338


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