Top 10 Canadian Cancer Society research of 2012

TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - In 2012, Canadian Cancer Society-funded researchers made important discoveries that will lead to new ways to reduce the burden of cancer in Canada. This outstanding research will help reduce cancer incidence and death and enhance the quality of life for Canadians living with and beyond cancer. Today, the Society announces the top 10 research achievements of 2012.

The Top 10 includes:

  • Decoding of the complex genetic makeup of triple negative breast cancers, a hard-to-treat form of the disease
  • Identification of genetic abnormalities that lead to a malignant childhood brain cancer
  • Clinical trial findings that improve survival rates of Hodgkin lymphoma patients with chemotherapy
  • Discovery of a compound in sea sponges that can be used to prevent cancer-induced muscle wasting

"Canada's dedicated and creative community of cancer researchers is making tremendous progress in the fight against cancer," says Dr. Sian Bevan, Director of Research, Canadian Cancer Society. "The Society is proud to have funded these remarkable projects, which are making a difference in the lives of Canadians."

Read more about the top 10.

The Canadian Cancer Society funds more cancer research, on more cancer types, than any other national charity. The research we fund is selected through our internationally renowned peer-review system to ensure we are funding the best, most promising research.

"With these research achievements we move closer to achieving our vision:  a world where no Canadian fears cancer," says Bevan.

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 to find out how you can help. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website at  or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888 939-3333.

SOURCE: Canadian Cancer Society (National Office)

For further information:

Karen Ramlall
Manager, Research Communications
Canadian Cancer Society, National Office
Phone: (416) 934-5341


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