The Canadian Cancer Society maintains complete editorial independence and operational separation from our corporate supporters. This means that the Society makes decisions about the information we provide without interference from them. None of our health information is altered or edited by our corporate supporters at any time.
Editorial policy for cancer information
The Canadian Cancer Society’s goal is to provide up-to-date and accurate information that’s easy to read and understand. We’ve been providing Canadians with information about cancer since we were first formed in 1938. Today, we offer information online, in print and by telephone.
I was in total shock when I heard the diagnosis of cancer. Cancer to me was an adult’s disease. Being a 13-year-old teenager, it certainly wasn’t even on my radar.
Great progress has been made
Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.