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    How much money has the Society raised and where does it go?
    During its last fiscal year, the Canadian Cancer Society raised close to $195 million. The money raised also supports services for people with cancer and their families, programs and activities to spread important risk reduction and prevention messages, and advocacy efforts for healthy public policy. 

    Is the Canadian Cancer Society annual report available online?
    Yes, the present and past annual reports are available in PDF format.

    What is the Society's impact on cancer research?
    The Society is the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada. Last year, we contributed more than $46 million to fund hundreds of research projects in the country across a broad range of disciplines and types of cancer. 

    Society-funded research has led to major advances in our knowledge about cancer. This knowledge has led to improved treatments for cancer with fewer side effects, to more sophisticated methods of detecting cancer earlier, to information about how to prevent cancer and to new ways to enhance the quality of life for Canadians living with and beyond cancer. The foundation is now in place for the current generation of researchers to do more for cancer research than any other generation before it. The next 10 to 20 years of cancer research hold great promise.

    Quick facts on cancer
    • Two in 5 Canadians will develop some form of cancer in his/her lifetime.
    • An estimated 186,400 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2012 and an estimated 75,700 people will die from the disease.
    • Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada 

    What does the Canadian Cancer Society do?
    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. We achieve our mission by:

    • funding excellence in research for all types of cancer
    • advocating for healthy public policy
    • promoting healthy lifestyles and prevention strategies for reducing cancer risk
    • providing comprehensive information about cancer care and treatment
    • supporting people living with cancer and their families 

    How is the Canadian Cancer Society organized?
    We have 2 national offices (in Toronto and Ottawa) and 10 provincial and territorial divisions.

    The Society has 170,000 volunteers across Canada. It is thanks to these generous people, who work in partnership with our approximately 1,200 dedicated staff, that the Canadian Cancer Society enjoys such a strong presence throughout the country. 

    When was the Canadian Cancer Society formed?
    The Society has been making a difference in the lives of Canadians since 1938.



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