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Media releases

GivingTuesday donors bankroll UBC scientist’s unconventional approach to childhood cancer research

December 2016 - Dr Philipp Lange awarded Canadian Cancer Society’s Great Canadian Innovation Grant


GivingTuesday offers chance to fund avant-garde approach to cancer research

November 2016 - Canadian Cancer Society gives donors ability to vote for 3rd annual Great Canadian Innovation Grant


Tobacco plain packaging catching on worldwide: Society report

November 2016 - Trend to reduce smoking and cancer rates by forcing tobacco companies to use plain packaging is gaining momentum across the globe


Canadian Cancer Society and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation plan to merge

October 2016 - Lynne Hudson appointed President and CEO of Canadian Cancer Society


HPV not just a threat to women: mouth and throat cancers rising sharply in men

October 2016 - Canadian Cancer Society urges Canadians to get their children vaccinated against cancer-causing virus.


Media backgrounder #1: HPV-associated cancers

October 2016 - HPV-associated cancers


Media backgrounder #2: Cancer in Canada: Fast facts

October 2016 - Cancer in Canada: Fast facts


Under 5 by '35

October 2016 - Society joins call to drive down tobacco use to under 5% by 2035


Economical Insurance-sponsored Relay For Life events raise $1.35 million for Canadian Cancer Society

September 2016 - Hundreds of participants raised funds to support lifesaving research and support services for people living with cancer and their families.


Health coalition gives proposed legislation to protect children a gold star

September 2016 - Senator tables public bill to prohibit food and beverage marketing to kids


Running to quit smoking pays off

September 2016 - Canadian Cancer Society and Running Room award car and cash prizes to six newly smoke-free Canadians


The Tragically Hip tour inspires more than $1M for brain cancer research

September 2016 - More than $1 million raised for brain cancer research through The Tragically Hip's recent tour.


Research finds youth smoking rates dropping but remain unacceptably high

September 2016 - The Society is encouraged by national survey results showing a drop in youth smoking rates in Canada.


Gord Downie brain cancer research fund gets a $30,000 boost from Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

August 2016 - Following 3 sold-out Tragically Hip shows at the Air Canada Centre last week, MLSE donates $30,000 to the Canadian Cancer Society.


Calgary firefighters successfully break Guinness World Record

August 2016 - The Calgary Fire Department broke the Guinness World Record for most heads shaved simultaneously, while raising more than $140,000 for the fight against cancer.


Canadian Cancer Society to close office in Lethbridge

August 2016 - The Society has made the difficult decision to close its physical office space in Lethbridge, but staff and volunteers will remain active in the community.


Canadian Cancer Society to close office in Yellowknife

August 2016 - The Society has made the difficult decision to close its physical office space in Yellowknife, but staff and volunteers will remain active in the community.


Canada’s top cancer researchers honoured by Society

July 2016 - Society’s most prestigious awards presented this morning in Toronto.


Society partners with radio stations to fight brain cancer

June 2016 - Canada Day, July 1st text-to-give initiative to fund important research


Society releases updated sun safety recommendations

June 2016 - New SPF and peak times to be safe in the sun announced today


Society–funded glioblastoma trial reduces risk of death by 33%

June 2016 - Two Society-funded clinical trials selected as having the most impact at prestigious international conference.


Society praises federal action on tobacco plain packaging

May 2016 - We commend the Minister of Health for launching a plain packaging consultation on World No Tobacco Day.


Canadian Cancer Society and Merck partnering to keep public informed on advances in increasingly complex cancer environment

May 2016 - ‘New Horizons in Cancer Research’ project focuses on providing Canadians clear, credible and understandable insights into complex issues related to cancer.


Annual hockey tournament raising money for Fort McMurray

May 2016 - Face Off Against Cancer is raising money for cancer patients and firefighters affected by the devastating wildfire.


Society congratulates UK and France on plain packaging implementation

May 2016 - Canada set to join international trend.


Society statement on federal government’s support for asbestos action

May 2016 - Review of federal asbestos policies must quickly lead to complete ban


Society applauds national ban on menthol cigarettes

April 2016 - Ban will protect kids.


Society marks National Day of Mourning with renewed call for total asbestos ban

April 2016 - Asbestos exposure is the leading cause of workplace death in Canada


Society challenges Canadians to go the distance at Relay For Life

April 2016 - Relay For Life is more than a cancer walk – it’s a journey



Test for oral cancer aims to prevent aggressive surgery

April 2016 - Canadian Cancer Society study chosen as this year’s Great Canadian Innovation Grant


Prime Minister, Governor General presented with daffodil bouquets

April 2016 - Two children with cancer give Canadian dignitaries daffodils to mark Daffodil Month.


Join SpiderMable as a cancer-fighting superhero this April

April 2016 - Young cancer fighter will help sell fresh daffodils this week to share message of courage, happiness and hope.


Canadians relying on the web to answer cancer questions, leaving them overwhelmed and worried

March 2016 - 45% of adults have researched cancer with few turning to healthcare professionals first


Society calls on government to adopt nationwide ban on all asbestos products

March 2016 - Canada must catch up with countries who implemented bans decades ago.


Clear plan for home and palliative care needed, says Society

March 2016 - Society comments on 2016 federal budget.


Canadian Cancer Society statement about Rolland Fox’s death

March 2016 - Fox family an inspiration to all Canadians


Volunteers needed for world record head shave

March 2016 - Canadian Cancer Society and Calgary Fire Department are teaming up to break the Guinness World Record for most heads shaved simultaneously.


Society encouraged by parliamentary committee's support of palliative care

February 2016 - Committee's report is an important step toward improved palliative care in Canada.


Society honours top researchers with Awards for Excellence

February 2016 - Four outstanding cancer researchers receive Society’s most prestigious awards


Smokers’ Helpline sees surge in calls after toll-free number included on cigarette packaging

February 2016 - Results affirm significance of using cigarette package to communicate with smokers.


WICC Alberta invests $200,000 in innovative cancer research

January 2016 - Alberta-based research could improve our understanding of how cells protect themselves from cancer.


Tobacco users encouraged to Run to Quit

January 2016 - Society and Running Room mark National Non-Smoking Week by launching innovative program to curb tobacco use.




Palliative care in critical condition: report

January 2016 - New health accord must guarantee proper care for all Canadians, says Society


Society announces Top 10 Research Impact Stories of 2015

January 2016 - World-class research discoveries exemplify the very best of what science can achieve through dedicated investment.


A holiday surprise for a family coping with cancer

December 2015 - A holiday surprise for a family coping with cancer


Canadian Cancer Society criticizes new menthol “capsule” cigarettes as latest gimmick attractive to kids

November 2015 - Tobacco company introduces new cigarette with menthol flavour burst.


Could semen save your prostate?

November 2015 - New DNA test could lead to better detection, fewer biopsies


Canadian Cancer Society announces generous funding from Essentia

November 2015 - Mattress company to contribute up to $1 million


Territorial candidates commit to reducing lung cancer

November 2015 - Majority of NWT candidates support bans on smoking in outdoor spaces where children play and in vehicles carrying children.


Countering the “Angelina effect”

October 2015 - New study aims to understand and reduce fear of cancer recurrence


Society responds to federal election results

October 2015 - Society congratulates new Parliament and looks to the future.


Society welcomes commitment to tobacco plain packaging, increased investment in tobacco control initiatives

October 2015 - Tobacco plain packaging and more investment in tobacco control initiatives are key measures


Society welcomes commitment to tobacco plain packaging

October 2015 - Plain packaging a key measure to protect youth from tobacco promotion


Society welcomes proposal to improve home care

September 2015 - Proposed investment a welcome step forward


Passing blame to others is the number 1 workplace pet peeve

September 2015 - Canadian Cancer Society surveys Albertans on poor office etiquette ahead of its annual Jail-N-Bail fundraiser


Society welcomes commitment to cancer research and prevention

September 2015 - Proposed funding for Cancer Prevention Centre a positive step forward.


Society welcomes proposed affordable drug plan

September 2015 - Canadian Cancer Society supports proposal to fix gaps in prescription drug coverage and improve access to essential medications.


Could a vaccine prevent cancer from spreading after surgery?

September 2015 - New Canadian Cancer Society research shows promise.


Society says better home and palliative care will benefit patients, health system

September 2015 - Commitment a step forward in making sure all Canadians have access to palliative care.


Society welcomes pledge to renew federal cancer partnership

August 2015 - Five-year, $250 million funding extension allows CPAC to continue major nationwide initiatives.


Compassionate care proposal a positive step forward, Society says

August 2015 - Proposed benefit will help more families provide care for loved ones with cancer and other critical illnesses.


Society receives government funding for partnership with Running Room

July 2015 - Society receives government funding for partnership with Running Room


Additional radiation reduces breast cancer recurrence in some patients

July 2015 - Additional radiation reduces breast cancer recurrence in some patients


Canadian Cancer Society supports Alberta government’s plan for new Calgary Cancer Centre

July 2015 - Notley government adopts original plan recommended by experts for single-site cancer centre.


The Society honours top researchers with Awards for Excellence

June 2015 - Five of Canada’s most outstanding cancer scientists received prestigious cancer research awards today.


Ottawa’s lack of health leadership undermining fight against cancer

June 2015 - Canadian Cancer Society releases federal election platform entitled: Wake-up call: national priorities for patients, families, and a healthier future.


$15.5 billion class action against tobacco companies

June 2015 - Canadian Cancer Society hails landmark ruling


Dramatic increase in cancer cases in Alberta expected to be higher than national average

May 2015 - Surge in diagnoses a result of rapidly aging and growing population


Media backgrounder #1: Predictions of the future burden of cancer in Canada

May 2015 - Predictions of the future burden of cancer in Canada.


Media backgrounder #2: Cancer in Canada: Fast facts

May 2015 - Cancer in Canada: Fast facts


New cancer cases expected to rise dramatically within 15 years

May 2015 - Canadian Cancer Society urges Canada to prepare.


Society marks National Day of Mourning

April 2015 - We honour workers who have lost their lives, been injured on the job or have fallen ill as a result of their work.


Society applauds increased support for caregivers in federal budget

April 2015 - Expanding compassionate care benefits will help patients and families.


Smoke-free patio season one example of Society’s research influence

April 2015 - Society’s research institute releases 2014 Research Impact Report.


Daffodil Mountain blooms in Calgary, bringing hope to people living with cancer

March 2015 - Three-time cancer survivor shares his story to help kick-off the Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Month.


Most Canadians have been touched by cancer, but many don’t feel prepared to support themselves or their loved ones

March 2015 - Daffodil Month survey highlights need for increased awareness of programs and services.


Society’s response to Angelina Jolie announcement related to surgery and BRCA gene mutations

March 2015 - Society commends actor Angelina Jolie for her openness about her health decisions related to the BRCA gene mutations in her recent opinion piece.


We’re launching a partnership to help Inuit with cancer

March 2015 - Partnership with Jaguar Land Rover Canada and Pauktuutit aims to improve cancer literacy and education among Inuit.


Health community welcomes Skin Cancer Prevention Act as vital law to protect youth

March 2015 - We applaud the introduction of new legislation that will ban Alberta youth from accessing tanning equipment.


Volunteers urgently needed for Daffodil Month

March 2015 - The Canadian Cancer Society is in desperate need of more volunteers to help bring brightness to the fight for life this spring.


Why do some people never get cancer?

March 2015 - New Society study of healthy “super seniors" aims to find out why some people live cancer-free into old age.


Society urges Canada to follow the lead of Great Britain and others on tobacco plain packaging

March 2015 - Today the British House of Commons approved final regulations for plain packaging for tobacco products.


Society study looking at the role of avoidable cancer risk factors

February 2015 - Imagine if the number of Canadians expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 30 years could be cut in half.


Volunteers needed for April Daffodil Month

February 2015 - Join the Canadian Cancer Society’s cancer-fighting team


Society welcomes announcement by the Minister of Health on mandatory reporting of drug shortages

February 2015 - Society welcomes announcement by the Minister of Health on mandatory reporting of drug shortages


Alberta fundraisers take on deadly brain cancer

February 2015 - The Alberta Chapter of Women In Insurance Cancer Crusade invests $200,000 into Society-funded brain cancer research.


Brain cancer gets big boost in research funding from Canadian Cancer Society

February 2015 - The Society, in partnership with Brain Canada and the Government of Canada, will fund $5 million in brain cancer research.


Trottibus Walking School Bus to receive up to $1M from the Canadian government

February 2015 - The Canadian Cancer Society's Trottibus Walking School Bus has won the national grand prize in the Play Exchange, Canada's Active Living Challenge. The announcement was made this afternoon by Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose.


Society receives $100,000 from Avon Foundation for Women

January 2015 - The Avon Foundation for Women (Canada) announced today a $100,000 gift to the Canadian Cancer Society as part of the company’s centennial anniversary celebrations.


National Non-Smoking Week: January 18–24, 2015

January 2015 - Canadian Cancer Society volunteers and staff are fighting back against cancer during National Non-Smoking Week by working hard to help Canadians quit smoking and encourage others not to start.


Canadian Cancer Society’s Trottibus, the Walking School Bus, finalist in $1-million Play Exchange challenge

January 2015 - The 6 finalists will be featured on a January 9 program on CBC TV where Canadians will be asked to vote for their favourite of the 6 finalists.


Top 10 Canadian Cancer Society-funded research of 2014

December 2014 - Top 10 Canadian Cancer Society-funded research of 2014


Canadian Cancer Society overwhelmed by support for GivingTuesday campaign

December 2014 - Over $200,000 raised in support of the Great Canadian Innovation Grant


Discovery could lead to more targeted lung cancer treatments

December 2014 - Discovery could lead to more targeted lung cancer treatments


Society applauds NDP plans to stop marketing food to kids.

November 2014 - The Canadian Cancer Society applauds plans by the Leader of the Opposition Thomas Mulcair to prevent the marketing of foods and beverages to children.


96% of Canadians have not tested their homes for cancer-causing radon gas, Canadian Cancer Society survey shows

November 2014 - But more than half of Canadians say they would move if the deadly gas was seeping into their home


Major international lung cancer clinical trial launched

November 2014 - New immunotherapy drug could cure lung cancer in many patients


Breast cancer prevention: are the answers in our genes?

October 2014 - Breast cancer prevention: are the answers in our genes?


Health groups respond to Minister’s comments on menthol flavoured tobacco

October 2014 - Coalition very concerned that menthol maybe excluded from Alberta’s ban on flavoured tobacco.


Tobacco plain packaging a global trend: Canadian Cancer Society report

October 2014 - Report shows Canada ranks 4th internationally in cigarette health warnings


Grande Prairie women making a difference in fight for life

October 2014 - Cancer survivor and fundraiser help to raise $35,000 at Women’s Health Awareness Luncheon and Harvest of Hope Gala.



Prominent men across Alberta, Northwest Territories make pledge to be #FITat50

September 2014 - Ambassadors help increase awareness of new colorectal cancer screening test



Canadian Cancer Society wants to help you prevent cancer

September 2014 - First-ever interactive tool to help Canadians lower their risk


Youth continue to use flavoured tobacco products at high levels

September 2014 - Canadian Cancer Society renews call for ban on all flavoured tobacco




Leadership race shows little concern for reducing rising cancer rate in Alberta

August 2014 - Most PC leadership candidates did not respond to survey on indoor tanning legislation


Canadian Cancer Society in Newfoundland and Labrador receives $1 million from Husky Energy for cancer prevention

July 2014 - Donation will fund cancer prevention program in province with highest cancer rate






Canadian Cancer Society staffer receives prestigious international award for tobacco control

June 2014 - Rob Cunningham, senior policy analyst at the Society, receives World No Tobacco Day 2014 award.


Youth group delivers strong message to Alberta Government on Bill 206

May 2014 - Tobacco flavourings ban still awaiting final proclamation six months after its passage



Provincial government failing to protect Albertans from growing risk of melanoma

May 2014 - The deadliest form of skin cancer on the rise in Canada, but a tanning ban could help reverse trend.


Media backgrounder #1: Canadian Cancer Statistics 2014

May 2014 - Highlights of 2014 skin cancer statistics


Media backgrounder #2: Canadian Cancer Statistics 2014

May 2014 - Cancer in Canada: Fast facts


Media backgrounder #3: Canadian Cancer Statistics 2014

May 2014 - Canadian Cancer Society: Working to protect Canadians from UV radiation


Melanoma: deadliest type of skin cancer is on the rise

May 2014 - Canadians need to protect themselves more from dangerous ultraviolet rays


Alberta fundraisers throw support behind ‘silent killer’

May 2014 - Women In Insurance Cancer Crusade makes a significant donation to help fund research into pancreatic cancer.


Thanks for helping us change cancer forever

May 2014 - Canadian Cancer Society wraps up April Daffodil campaign



Canadian Cancer Society statement about death of Jim Flaherty

April 2014 - Canadian Cancer Society statement about death of Jim Flaherty


New director appointed to lead the NCIC Clinical Trials Group

April 2014 - Queen’s University and the Canadian Cancer Society are pleased to announce that Dr Janet Dancey will be the next director of the NCIC Clinical Trials Group


Canadian Cancer Society launches April Daffodil Campaign

March 2014 - Cancer changes everything – donate to change cancer forever


Olympic figure skater Eric Radford joins forces with the Canadian Cancer Society

March 2014 - Half of the proceeds from the sales of the music single ”Tribute” will go toward changing cancer forever


Canadian Cancer Society wins first prize in DoGooder Video Awards

March 2014 - Lighthearted Nutiquette video spreads awareness about testicular cancer


BRCA gene mutation - known for breast cancer connection - can also lead to pancreatic cancer

March 2014 - Canadian research on BRCA gene could lead to new treatments


Canadian Cancer Society needs your help to change cancer forever

February 2014 - Volunteer during Daffodil Month



Canadian Cancer Society Applauds Tobacco Tax Increase in Federal Budget

February 2014 - The Society also welcomes Change to Benefit Charitable Lotteries


About half of cancers can be prevented

February 2014 - Find out how to reduce your risk.


Support for those affected by prostate cancer

January 2014 - Prostate Cancer Information Service provided by Prostate Cancer Canada in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society


Menthol-flavoured tobacco poses danger to youth

January 2014 - Canadian Cancer Society calls on the Alberta government to include menthol in legislation that bans flavoured tobacco


Canadian Cancer Society needs volunteer drivers to transport patients to Central Alberta Cancer Centre

January 2014 - Volunteer Driver Program expands to Red Deer with opening of new Central Alberta Cancer Centre



Give the gift of life on GivingTuesday

December 2013 - Canadian Cancer Society looks to raise $7,500 during inaugural national day of charitable giving



“GivingTuesday” launches in Canada

November 2013 - Canadian Cancer Society encourages Canadians to be extra charitable during the holiday season


Lottery proceeds ensure Canadians all win in the fight against cancer

November 2013 - Canadian Cancer Society says thank you to Canadians for helping to raise $54 million over past 10 years through lottery efforts


Western Direct Insurance Quote 4 Cures Campaign raises $27,500

November 2013 - Annual campaign supports Canadian Cancer Society and the fight against women’s cancers


Federal bill to reduce tobacco contraband applauded by the Canadian Cancer Society

November 2013 - The Canadian Cancer Society welcomes a federal bill to reduce tobacco contraband introduced in Parliament today.


Canadian Cancer Society running dangerously low on volunteer drivers

October 2013 - Without more volunteers, many cancer patients in Edmonton will struggle getting to their life-saving treatment appointments


Youth using flavoured tobacco products at very high levels – Canadian Cancer Society calls for ban on all flavoured tobacco to curb youth smoking

October 2013 - New data released today from the national Youth Smoking Survey show that a very high number of high school students are using flavoured tobacco products.


Fight women’s cancers with Quote 4 Cures

October 2013 - Western Direct Insurance joins the Canadian Cancer Society in the fight for life


Media backgrounder Knowledge to Action Grants

October 2013 - Media backgrounder - Knowledge to Action Grants


South Asians "tremendously under screened" for cancer

October 2013 - Study recruits doctors to boost screening uptake in under screened South Asian population


Alberta falling behind on preventing skin cancer

September 2013 - Report shows Calgary and Edmonton support cancer prevention initiatives, but province needs to step up to reduce rising rates of melanoma.


Dudes: Check your nuts

September 2013 - Nuts, balls, family jewels, love spuds – whatever you call them, the Canadian Cancer Society wants to make sure guys get to know them and practice proper nutiquette


There’s etiquette for everything, including your nuts: 3 steps for proper nutiquette

August 2013 - We’re no etiquette guru, but we do know a thing or 2 about about taking good care of your jewels.


Research into preventing the spread of cancer could save more lives

August 2013 - Calgary-based researcher receives Canadian Cancer Society Innovation Grant to investigate how and why cancer cells spread to different organs


Media backgrounder Innovation Grants

August 2013 - Media backgrounder - Innovation Grants


What does cancer sound like?

August 2013 - Futuristic device will use high-frequency sound waves to detect abnormal cells


Remembering a cancer research pioneer

August 2013 - Dr Anthony Pawson revolutionized the understanding of cell signaling.


One question may help provide dignity at the end of life: study

July 2013 - When it comes to patients’ emotional and psychological states, a new study shows that patients who are asked one simple question may receive more empathy from their caregivers.


Flood disruptions extra challenge for cancer patients

June 2013 - Because of the catastrophic disruptions in southern Alberta due to flooding, the Canadian Cancer Society is stepping up its efforts to support cancer patients who need assistance.


Canada's war on tobacco turns 50

June 2013 - June 17, 1963 landmark statement by Canada’s health minister concluded that smoking causes lung cancer




Albertans need to know how to reduce risk of liver cancer

May 2013 - While the death rate for most major cancers continues to decline in Canada, some rarer forms of the disease are taking a more significant toll.


Liver cancer on the rise

May 2013 - Canadians need to know the risk factors for this largely preventable cancer.


Media backgrounder #1: Highlights of 2013 liver cancer statistics

May 2013 - Liver cancer is the special topic in Canadian Cancer Statistics 2013, released today by the Canadian Cancer Society in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada and Statistics Canada.



Leading Canadian health charities urge renewed federal government leadership on non-communicable diseases

May 2013 - Canada needs strategy to meet new global targets adopted today by World Health Assembly


Partners applaud new bill protecting family caregivers in Alberta

May 2013 - Bill 203 will provide job protection for those who take time off to care for a dying family member


Society recognizes volunteers with inaugural national Impact Awards

May 2013 - On May 4, the Canadian Cancer Society awarded its first national Impact Awards to honour the Society’s most dedicated, passionate volunteers and recognize their exceptional commitment to fighting against cancer.


April 27 is Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day

April 2013 - Wear a daffodil pin to support people living with cancer


Clinical trial: robotic surgery may reduce side effects of throat cancer treatment

April 2013 - Throat cancers on the rise due to epidemic of HPV infection


Canadian Cancer Society Marks its 75th Anniversary and Launches Its Annual Nationwide Daffodil Campaign

March 2013 - April 27 is Daffodil Day: Wear a Daffodil Pin to Show Support for People Living with Cancer


Society Welcomes Action on Roll-Your-Own Tobacco Tax Increase, Announced in Today’s Federal Budget

March 2013 - The Canadian Cancer Society applauds the federal government for introducing a tax increase on roll-your-own tobacco in today’s federal budget. The increase addresses a longstanding loophole.




Outsmarting breast cancer, one cell at a time

February 2013 - Canadian Cancer Society researchers use high-tech computer analytics to predict which mutations cause breast cancer and how to stop it


Ban the tobacco industry’s secret weapon

January 2013 - Flavoured tobacco ban loophole still allows for menthol – the minty-fresh flavour that makes addiction that much easier


Canadian Cancer Society appoints new president and CEO

January 2013 - The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Pamela Fralick as president and CEO, effective today, January 7, 2013.



Society Disappointed Federal Government Voted Against Asbestos Motion

December 2012 - The Canadian Cancer Society is deeply disappointed and frustrated that amotion to protect Canadians fromasbestos was defeated in the House of Commons on December 5.



Is Your Job Making You Sick?

November 2012 - Canadian Cancer Society Study Examines the Human and Economic Toll of 44 Cancer-Causing Factors in the Workplace, From Asbestos to Diesel Fumes


Canada Needs Public Registry of Buildings Containing Asbestos

October 2012 - Majority of Canadians Say Federal Government Should Take Action


Media backgrounder for release: Canada Needs Public Registry of Buildings Containing Asbestos

October 2012 - Minimizing the risk of asbestos exposure at home


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 2012 - Join the Canadian Cancer Society and our corporate partners in the fight against breast cancer


Canadian Cancer Society Applauds Federal Government for Taking a Stand Against Asbestos

September 2012 - Government announces it Will no longer oppose adding chrysotile asbestos to the Rotterdam Convention’s list of hazardous substances


“Drug holiday” will change the standard of care, reduce side effects for men with recurring prostate cancer

September 2012 - Results of a clinical trial published today in The New England Journal of Medicine shows that men with prostate cancer who are treated with intermittent courses (known as a drug holiday) of androgen-suppressing therapy will live as long as those receiving continuous therapy.


Working to Reduce the Impact of Cancer Around the World

August 2012 - Canadian Cancer Society Experts Speak at International Conference


Canadian Cancer Society Welcomes New Benefit for Families of Critically Ill Children

August 2012 - A new employment insurance benefit will help alleviate some of the financial burden associated with caring for a sick child


Scientists create first ever 3-D “pancreas in a dish”

July 2012 - Microscopic 3-D model will allow researchers to see how pancreatic cancer develops


Scientists create first ever 3-D “pancreas in a dish” Microscopic 3-D model will allow researchers to see how pancreatic cancer develops

July 2012 - Scientists in Toronto have created a tiny, living 3-D organ model of pancreatic ducts to help them conduct research on pancreatic cancer – one of the deadliest and least understood of all cancers. This innovative 3-D organ model could lead to new ways to detect and treat pancreatic cancer, which has a very poor survival rate with only about 6% of patients surviving five years after diagnosis.


University of Calgary researcher receives grant for work into cancer-related fatigue

July 2012 - Alberta-based researchers among those selected for Canadian Cancer Society Innovation Grants


More Action Needed to Address Canadian Drug Shortages

July 2012 - Canadian Cancer Society Plan Calls for Federal Government to Take Leadership Role


Quebec Government Gives Loan Guarantee to Asbestos Mine

June 2012 - Canadian Cancer Society urges government to reconsider


Canadian Cancer Society Appoints New Chair

June 2012 - The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Marc Généreux as national chair, effective June 17, 2012. Mr Généreux, a lawyer in Montreal, will lead the Society’s national Board of Directors, composed of volunteers from across Canada.


Natural Product Found in Sea Sponges Shows Promise in Preventing Cancer-Induced Muscle Wasting

June 2012 - A chemical found in sea sponges can effectively prevent muscle wasting in mice


Federal Government Drug Shortage Report Falls Short in Protecting Patients

June 2012 - Drug shortages are a national problem, and they will not be resolved without a Canada-wide approach


Study finds link between osteoporosis and osteoporosis treatment and a reduced risk of breast cancer recurrence

June 2012 - Study one of 20 projects presented by Canadian Cancer Society-funded Clinical Trials Group at prestigious international conference


Youth cigarette smoking down, but water pipe use among teens a new concern

May 2012 - Canadian Cancer Society urges ban on all flavoured tobacco products


Researchers open door for new ways to treat aggressive form of breast cancer

May 2012 - There are currently no targeted treatments for this sub-type of cancer, which occurs more often in younger women


Canadian cancer death rate down

May 2012 - Lower smoking rates, better screening and treatment account for drop, but much more needs to be done to tackle leading cause of death in Canada


Media backgrounder: Canadian Cancer Statistics 2012

May 2012 - Canadian Cancer Statistics 2012 was released today by the Canadian Cancer Society


Media backgrounder: The Canadian Cancer Society fights tobacco

May 2012 - The Society is a leader in the fight against tobacco


Smoking-related cancer statistics reveal gender divide

May 2012 - Lung cancer deaths among Canadian women this year will nearly double that of breast cancer deaths.


Fight back with hope – wear the daffodil

April 2012 - April 27 is Daffodil Day


Today is the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day

April 2012 - Wear a Daffodil Pin to Show Support for People with Cancer


Federal Government Significantly Cuts Anti-Tobacco Funding

April 2012 - Cuts Will Undermine Efforts to Reduce Smoking Rates and Save Lives, says Canadian Cancer Society


Join the Canadian Cancer Society and our corporate partners in the fight for life this Daffodil Month

April 2012 - With the support of our generous corporate partners, the Canadian Cancer Society is making more impact against more cancers.


Big Burn busts myths, highlights risks of indoor tanning

March 2012 - New website aims to educate young tanners


Wear a Daffodil Pin to Show Support for People Living with Cancer

March 2012 - April is Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Month, Daffodil Day is April 27


Canadian Cancer Society Applauds Commitment by Federal Parties to Address Drug Shortages

March 2012 - Society Welcomes Health Committee’s Investigation into Drug Shortages


Donors beware of fraudulent callers

March 2012 - Albertans receiving bogus calls from scam artists pretending to collect charitable donations on behalf of the Society


Canadian Cancer Society Urges Federal Leadership on Drug Shortages

March 2012 - National Coordinated Approach Needed to Find Effective Solutions


Could “Feeding” Cancer Stop It From Spreading? Canadian Cancer Society Gives Green Light to Innovative Research Ideas

February 2012 - Society announces $4.5 million in new funding for 23 high-risk, high-reward innovation grants


Innovative Alberta cancer researcher awarded new Canadian Cancer Society grant

February 2012 - University of Alberta immunologist harnessing the immune system to better attack cancer.


New, Larger Cigarette Package Health Warnings Appearing on Store Shelves

February 2012 - Canada among countries with the largest health warnings in the world


Canadian Cancer Society Applauds New $40 Million Federal Government Caregiver Tax Credit

February 2012 - An Important First Step To Relieve Financial Burden on Families of Gravely Ill Patients


Base tans are a myth

February 2012 - So-called base tans are a cancer risk and offer very little protection against sunburn


Canada’s Major Health Charities Urge Federal Government to Engage in Health Accord Negotiations

January 2012 - Eighty-five per cent of Canadians say the federal government should be an equal partner in discussions on the future of healthcare


Canadian Cancer Society applauds Ontario Superior Court ruling against tobacco industry

January 2012 - Ontario given go-ahead to sue foreign tobacco companies in $50 billion medicare lawsuit


Treatment plan improves survival for Hodgkin lymphoma patients

December 2011 - Clinical trial finds patients with limited-stage Hodgkin lymphoma fare better when treated with chemotherapy alone


Federal private member’s bill seeks ban on indoor tanning for under-18s

December 2011 - Canadian Cancer Society applauds cancer prevention step


Former tanning bed user goes through living hell

December 2011 - New coalition determined to raise awareness of skin cancer risk and push for stronger legislation prohibiting teenagers from using tanning salons


New frontiers in cancer research presented at cancer conference

November 2011 - Canadian scientists international leaders in their fields


An Open Letter to the Ministers of Health

November 2011 - In advance of the meeting of health ministers the Society sets out the priorities we consider critical for healthcare renewal and for improving the health of Canadians


Canadian Cancer Society Urges Health Ministers to Focus on Prevention, Access to Drugs, Palliative Care and Caregiver Support in Health Accord Discussions

November 2011 - The Society calls on Canada’s health ministers to strongly consider four key priorities critical to improving and ensuring the health of Canadians


Canadian Cancer Society Welcomes Caregiver Support and Palliative Care Recommendations

November 2011 - Report Released by Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care


Canadian Cancer Society Welcomes Caregiver Support and Palliative Care Recommendations

November 2011 - Report Released by Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care


When Daylight Saving Time stops, consider taking vitamin D

November 2011 - As we change the clocks this weekend, it's also time to consider taking vitamin D


Put the Healthcare of Canadians First

October 2011 - Make Affordable Access to Cancer Drugs a Priority of Upcoming Health Accord Negotiations, Advocates Say


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 2011 - Join the Canadian Cancer Society and our corporate partners in the fight against breast cancer


Canadian Cancer Society applauds approval of larger picture health warnings for cigarette packages

September 2011 - Today, federal Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq announced final Cabinet approval of a new set of larger, graphic health warnings for cigarette and little cigar packages


Ovarian cancer continues to claim many Canadian lives

September 2011 - September is ovarian cancer awareness month. Research is crucial to help prevent, detect and treat this disease


Canadian Cancer Society statement about death of Jack Layton

August 2011 - The Canadian Cancer Society is deeply saddened to hear of the untimely death of Jack Layton after battling cancer for a second time.


Cash and Cars and More Lottery launched

August 2011 - The Cash and Cars and More Lottery is back with 3,702 prizes worth more than $5.1 million.


Canadian Cancer Society’s Cancer Information Service Reaches Milestone, Answers One Million Inquiries Since 1996

August 2011 - A man who had just been diagnosed with melanoma picked up the phone and called the Canadian Cancer Society’s Cancer Information Service (CIS). “I don’t know what to expect. What should I tell my family? Am I going to die?”


Tobacco Industry Loses Case at Supreme Court of Canada

July 2011 - Canadian Cancer Society applauds ruling that tobacco industry cannot shift damages to federal government


Canadian Cancer Society wishes Jack Layton a speedy recovery

July 2011 - Our thoughts are with Mr. Layton and his family as he fights his cancer battle


Fundraising and the Canadian Cancer Society

July 2011 - Fundraising activities help raise critical funds to fulfill our mission of eradicating cancer and improving the quality of life for people with cancer and their families.


Information about fundraising

July 2011 - We are passionate about furthering our mission to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer


Canadian Cancer Society Statement about Canada’s opposition to adding chrysotile asbestos to the Rotterdam Convention’s listing of hazardous substances (“Prior Informed Consent” list)

June 2011 - The Society is shocked that the Canadian delegation has chosen to oppose adding chrysotile asbestos to the Rotterdam Convention


Canadian Cancer Society – Fighting Cancer with Canadians

June 2011 - The Society thanks Relay participants and all its donors for helping lead the way in the fight against cancer


Kids win big as protective policy gains momentum

June 2011 - The momentum for smoke-free vehicle legislation in Alberta is growing as Medicine Hat joins the list of municipalities taking a stand to protect kids from secondhand smoke exposure in cars.


Canadian Cancer Society Statement about Betty Fox’s Death

June 2011 - The Society was extremely saddened to hear about the death of Betty Fox today


Dying for the perfect tan

June 2011 - Young men and women continue to use indoor tanning equipment, despite the increased risk of skin cancer


Federal Budget: Caregiver Commitment and Palliative Care Funding

June 2011 - Positive Steps, says Canadian Cancer Society


Prostate drug holiday will change the standard of care for men with recurring prostate cancer

June 2011 - Men with prostate cancer who are treated with intermittent courses of androgen-suppressing therapy will live as long as those receiving continuous therapy


Landmark breast cancer prevention trial finds exemestane significantly reduces risk of breast cancer

June 2011 - A large international Canadian-led clinical trial has found that the drug exemestane reduces this risk of breast cancer by 65 per cent compared with placebo.


Practice-changing cancer trial shows additional radiation decreases cancer recurrence

June 2011 - A Canadian-led clinical trial has found that additional radiation treatment improves disease-free survival in women with early breast cancer


Canada's two largest cancer fundraisers team up to conquer cancer

June 2011 - A landmark partnership announced today between Canada’s two largest cancer charities, The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society,


Canadian Cancer Society Funded Research Among Best of Best

June 2011 - Canadian Cancer Society funded research recognized among “Best of ASCO”


Backgrounder: The Canadian Cancer Society fights colorectal cancer

May 2011 - The Canadian Cancer Society has led the way in advocating for colorectal cancer screening programs to be implemented across the country.


Media backgrounder: Canadian Cancer Statistics 2011

May 2011 - Canadian Cancer Statistics 2011 was released today by the Canadian Cancer Society


Media backgrounder: Highlights of 2011 colorectal cancer statistics

May 2011 - Colorectal cancer is the special topic of the Canadian Cancer Statistics 2011 report, released today by the Canadian Cancer Society.


Not enough Canadians being screened for colorectal cancer, leading to many unnecessary deaths

May 2011 - Canadian Cancer Statistics 2011 released by the Canadian Cancer Society with special focus on colorectal cancer


Thousands of needless deaths can be prevented

May 2011 - Annual Canadian Cancer Statistics report released today with special report on colorectal cancer – the second-leading cause of cancer death in Canada



Promising Alberta cancer researchers awarded Canadian Cancer Society grants

April 2011 - Society commits more than $1.6 million dollars to Alberta-based cancer researchers


Society disappointed with asbestos announcement

April 2011 - Quebec Government provides conditional support to asbestos mine


2011 April is Daffodil Month

April 2011 - Join the Canadian Cancer Society and our corporate partners in the fight for life


Apache Canada ramps up the fight against cancer

April 2011 - Apache Canada Ltd donates $50,000, including a 2009 Dodge Durango SUV and enough money to cover the vehicle’s operating costs for the next three years.




Caregiver Commitment in Federal Budget a Good Start, but More Needs to be Done, says Canadian Cancer Society

March 2011 - A new family caregiver tax credit announced in today’s federal government budget is a good start in providing more support for all family caregivers, says the Canadian Cancer Society.


Canadian Cancer Society Welcomes Renewed Funding for Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

March 2011 - The Canadian Cancer Society welcomes today’s announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to renew its support for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC).


Canadian Cancer Society Disappointed with Proposed Federal Government Funding for Chrysotile Institute

March 2011 - The Canadian Cancer Society is deeply disappointed that the Federal Government included funding for the Chrysotile Institute when it tabled its spending plans for 2010-11



Canadians Send Clear Signal That Family Caregivers Need More Help

February 2011 - Majority of Canadians Worry about Financial Impact of Caring for Sick Relative


Dying Cancer Patients Need More Support

May 2010 - Canadian Cancer Statistics 2010 released by the Canadian Cancer Society with special focus on care and support for dying patients


More Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer Surviving

April 2009 - As more young people with cancer survive, there is increasing need to do more to meet the distinct challenges of these young patients, according to Canadian Cancer Statistics 2009 released today by the Canadian Cancer Society.


Young people spend most time in sun with least protection

July 2008 - National Sun Survey results released today


More Canadian Children Surviving Cancer

April 2008 - More Canadian children with cancer are surviving, according to Canadian Cancer Statistics 2008 released today by the Canadian Cancer Society. For the first time, a special section in this year’s report focuses on children with cancer from birth to 14 years of age.



Canadian Cancer Statistics 2006: Cancer screening in Canada not realizing full potential

April 2006 - Fewer Canadians would die from cancer if cancer screening in Canada was enhanced and expanded, according to a special report in Canadian Cancer Statistics 2006 released today by the Canadian Cancer Society


Canada heading towards cancer crisis

April 2005 - Canada’s aging baby boomers and the country’s growing population are propelling Canada into a cancer crisis, according to Canadian Cancer Statistics 2005 released today by the Canadian Cancer Society.


Cancer is Number One Cause of Early Death in Canada – Number of New Cancer Cases Increasing – National Coordinated Strategy Key to Fighting Canada’s Cancer Crisis

April 2004 - Cancer is the number one cause of early death in Canada, according to Canadian Cancer Statistics 2004 released today by the Canadian Cancer Society.