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2012

Is Your Job Making You Sick?

November 2012 - A new study, funded by the Canadian Cancer Society, will examine the human and economic impact of workplace exposure to 44 known or suspected carcinogens and their links to 27 types of cancer. The study’s main goals are to quantify – for the first time – how serious the problem is in Canada by estimating the number of new cancer cases and cancer deaths that can be attributed to workplace factors, and also to weigh the economic impact.


Ontarians fear cancer above many other diseases, and more than one-quarter delay medical attention fearing what the doctor might find: Canadian Cancer Society encourages Ontarians to share their fears about cancer

November 2012 - Today, the Canadian Cancer Society officially launches The FearLess Project to help change the way Ontarians think about, talk about and deal with cancer. The project provides Ontarians with a place to share and acknowledge their fears as a first step to addressing them at www.thefearlessproject.ca.


Cutting through the breast cancer confusion: Canadian Cancer Society finds majority of Ontario women are still confused about breast cancer screening: Ipsos Reid poll

October 2012 - A recent Canadian Cancer Society Ipsos Reid poll found that the majority of Ontario women are confused about what age they should start screening for breast cancer and the best way to get screened.



Soon it will be "lights out" for Ontario's tanning teens

September 2012 - Canadian Cancer Society congratulates McGuinty government on plans to adopt NDP Private Member’s bill banning youth under 18 from indoor tanning


Canadian Cancer Society congratulates Oakville in leading the fight against skin cancer: City passes Ontario’s first by-law to protect youth against the dangers of indoor tanning

August 2012 - Late yesterday, Oakville Town Council took decisive action to protect the health of its youngest citizens by passing a by-law that restricts youth under 18 from accessing indoor tanning facilities.


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.


Women In Insurance Cancer Crusade (WICC) surpasses $5 million in donations to support life-saving cancer research

June 2012 - The Canadian Cancer Society is proud to acknowledge and celebrate the tremendous achievement of the Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade (WICC) who have raised over $5 million dollars for the Society to support lifesaving breast, prostate and general cancer research. In an industry where the largest portion of employees is women, WICC was founded as a passionate response to the number of women they worked with that were facing breast cancer. In 1996 they took action and starting modestly with candle sales, the women and men of WICC have mobilized the entire property and casualty insurance industry to fight back against cancer.


Canadian Cancer Society invests in promising cancer prevention research with contribution from Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life

May 2012 - The Canadian Cancer Society welcomes a generous contribution from Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life to support the promising cancer prevention research of a young scientist at the University of Manitoba.


Canadian cancer death rate down: 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

May 2012 - The cancer death rate in Canada is going down, resulting in nearly 100,000 lives saved over the last 20 years (1988 to 2007). Despite the drop in the death rate, cancer is still the leading cause of death in Canada. Canadian Cancer Statistics 2012 was released today by the Canadian Cancer Society, in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada and Statistics Canada.


Backgrounder: Exposing the secret lives of tanning teens in Ontario

April 2012 - Indoor tanning causes skin cancer. TheCanadian Cancer Society is calling on the Government of Ontario to support the new Private Members’ bill that restricts youth under 18 year of age from using indoor tanning equipment.


Exposing the secret lives of tanning teens in Ontario: Ipsos Reid poll results have Canadian Cancer Society renewing call for ban on indoor tanning for youth under 18

April 2012 - A rare snapshot of teen behaviour was released today by the Canadian Cancer Society. The poll sheds light on why Ontario teens tan, how often, and the reasons they start using indoor tanning equipment.


Candy is not dandy when it comes to tobacco products

April 2012 - The Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division applaud the introduction of legislation to eliminate the sale of flavoured tobacco products.


Youth volunteers today, community leaders tomorrow: Canadian Cancer Society celebrates National Volunteer Week

April 2012 - Thanks to the generosity of a woman who lost her husband to cancer, the Canadian Cancer Society, for the first time, is awarding up to two annual youth volunteer scholarships.


April is Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Month: Wear a Daffodil Pin to show support for people living with cancer

March 2012 - Every three minutes, another Canadian will hear the words “you have cancer” for the first time, and the Canadian Cancer Society wants them to know that they are not alone.


Ontario budget: Canadian Cancer Society pleased with some measures and looks to further government action on prevention and help for patients

March 2012 - The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased with the Ontario government’s commitment to cancer prevention through increased enforcement to control illegal contraband tobacco, an expansion of screening programs and a goal to reduce childhood obesity and is looking to further action on indoor tanning, cancer drug shortages and environmental exposure.


Canadian Cancer Society applauds BC for protecting youth from indoor tanning; urges Ontario government to take action

March 2012 - The Canadian Cancer Society applauds British Columbia for its plans to introduce regulations preventing young people from using indoor tanning.


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

February 2012 - A London, Ontario, cardiologist is turning cancer research on its head by proposing that increasing the blood supply to a tumour (in effect, feeding the tumour) could actually prevent cancer from spreading to other parts of the body. Previous research had suggested a more intuitive route – that starving a tumour of its blood supply could prevent it from spreading, however that method (known as anti-angiogenesis) has shown limited success to date.


Canada's most prominent health organizations call on the Ontario government to invest now to prevent Ontario's looming health crisis

January 2012 - Ontario is facing an urgent health care crisis with a staggering financial and human cost. The tragedy is that it is preventable but not enough is being done. That’s the message sent today by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Ontario, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division, Ophea, and other members of the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA) to the Ontario government as they launch Better Health is Worth 0.5%.


Canadian Cancer Society announces new Health Canada-funded smoking cessation campaign aimed at young adults

January 2012 - The Canadian Cancer Society has launched Break It Off — a new digital campaign funded by Health Canada to promote tobacco cessation. Led by the Society’s free cessation service — Smokers’ Helpline — the campaign is aimed at young adults, age 19-29, who have the highest smoking rate in the country.


Canadian Cancer Society’s Top 10 Breakthroughs of 2011: Society funded teams are changing the landscape of cancer research

January 2012 - The Canadian Cancer Society is proud to announce its top 10 breakthroughs of 2011. This list of accomplishments showcases how researchers funded by the Society continue to lead the way in advances that will reduce the number of Canadians diagnosed with and dying from cancer, and improve the quality of life for people living with and beyond cancer. Due to progress in cancer research, over 60 per cent of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive, compared with only 25 per cent when the Society began funding research in the 1940s.