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  • Information for media in Manitoba
    Cancer Facts
    • An estimated 186,400 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer this year (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers) and approximately 75,700 will die of the disease.
    • In Manitoba, an estimated 6,500 people will be diagnosed with cancer this year.
    • Cancer is the leading cause of preventable death in Manitoba taking approximately 2,700 people from their families and friends each year. That’s eight people every day.

    Where Your Dollars Go
    All money donated to the Canadian Cancer Society helps to fight ALL cancers in Manitoba.  The Cancer Society puts donor funds to work fighting cancer by:

    • Funding world-class research;
    • Providing programs and services that support to those fighting cancer
    • Working to prevent cancer;
    • Working to bring about change so the cancer system is more responsive to cancer patients and their families

    Bringing About Change in the System
    We spoke up on behalf of Manitobans and as a result the provincial government agreed to cover all cancer treatment and support drugs in Manitoba. In addition, the Cancer Society was able to persuade all political parties to adopt specific initiatives to increase the fight against cancer including shortening wait times and investing more money into helping people quit smoking.

    Research continues to be our largest investment.  As the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada (more than $490 million over the last 10 years), the Cancer Society has invested in world-class research that has been shown to have the most impact. 

    In Manitoba, our contribution to research has totalled $6.5 million since 2006.  During this same period, the Society also funded nearly 400 clinical trials so Manitobans can receive ground-breaking treatments for breast, colorectal, brain, kidney and prostate cancer as well as leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and many other cancers.

    Admin Costs
    The Manitoba Division of the Cancer Society takes pride in the great care, respect and responsibility we bring to managing every single donor dollar we receive. Because of the generosity of volunteers and a dedicated staff, our administrative costs are less than 7% of total revenue. These funds support the activities of over 6,000 volunteers and 45 staff across Manitoba who manage and deliver vital programs and services.



Tyler Cook This research saved my life and my sister’s life. Without it, stomach cancer would have wiped out most of our family.

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