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With your help, the Canadian Cancer Society has played a part in reducing the impact of cancer on Canadians

Thanks to the generosity of donors, and the work of volunteers and staff, the Canadian Cancer Society has more impact, against more cancers, in more communities, than any other cancer charity.

With your help, the Canadian Cancer Society has played a part in reducing the impact of cancer on Canadians.

The Society takes the role as steward of donor dollars very seriously and makes every effort to allocate these dollars where they will make the most difference in the fight against cancer. They focus their work in five areas – research, advocacy, prevention, information and support.  And the Society is quick to say, “We couldn’t do it without you!”

The Canadian Cancer Society is the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada, and are funding life-saving research into all types of cancer.

Today, over 60 per cent of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive compared to about 25 per cent in the early 1940s when the funding of research was started. But, despite the drop in deaths, cancer is still the leading cause of death in Canada.

The Canadian Cancer Society fights cancer by:

• Doing everything they can to prevent cancer

• Funding research to outsmart cancer

• Empowering, informing and supporting Canadians living with cancer

• Advocating for public policies to improve the health of Canadians

• Rallying Canadians to get involved in the fight against cancer

In 2012, the Society invested $46 million to support 274 researchers and 574 students and fellows to carry out 336 research projects; $71 million in programs and services to meet the needs of people living with cancer and their caregivers and to provide information about cancer; and $9 million advocating for important cancer issues that matter to Canadians.

The Canadian Cancer Society BC and Yukon say they raised funds and spent them for one reason only — to fulfill their mission of eradicating cancer and improving the quality of life for people with cancer and their families.

“Our donors in BC and Yukon recognize our community reach, strength of purpose, and experience. We, in turn, take care and responsibility in managing every single donor dollar we receive. At all times, we are transparent and accountable,” says the Society’s website, “Despite economic challenges in the marketplace, we are the cancer charity of choice. We make careful decisions about how much we needed to spend on fundraising costs in order to produce the maximum amount of revenue that is essential to fund our mission activities. Volunteers make a crucial contribution in helping us keep costs at a minimum.”

The Society continues to commit significant funding to outstanding cancer research, life-saving clinical trials, studies on quality of life issues and cancer prevention.

Their constant investment in cancer prevention and advocacy is bringing clear benefits to communities across the province. B.C. reported the lowest cancer incidence rate in Canada. Work with government is resulting in policies that make healthier choices easier choices and legislation to protect British Columbians against environmental. The Society say they are particularly proud of their innovative Cancer Prevention Centre in partnership with UBC.

In 2013 the Society opened a new lodge for cancer patients in Prince George.

In their ongoing efforts to enhance the quality of life and support people living with cancer and survivors, the Society serves about 20,000 clients in B.C. and Yukon.

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