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Daffodil Month a reminder of how Canadian Cancer Society is transforming cancer care

04 April 2017

OTTAWA -

As we mark the 60th anniversary of Daffodil Month, at the Canadian Cancer Society we reflect on the progress we’ve made to date and acknowledge the need for Canada to innovate to meet this and other health challenges in a resource constrained environment.

Making a donation, buying a daffodil pin or flowers means that you are supporting a long history of helping people with cancer and funding life-saving research, information and support services. Since the 1950s, the overall cancer survival rate has increased from 35% to over 60% today, thanks in part to research funded by flower sales.

We know that more work needs to be done, because two in five Canadians will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, and the number of new cancer cases across Canada are projected to increase by nearly 40% by 2030.

With our network of more than 100 community offices from Victoria to Corner Brook; a bilingual website that attracted over 11 million visitors in 2016 alone; a Cancer Information Service that answers phone calls and emails from 55,000 clients a year; and the discoveries made as Canada’s largest charitable funder of cancer research, the Canadian Cancer Society is a hub of pan-Canadian cancer expertise.

It has been two months since our recent merger with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) and already we are setting the stage to transform cancer care as Canadians know it.

By rallying Canadians to show their support for people living with cancer during Daffodil Month, we are living our motto “Together We Are Stronger.”

I encourage you to join the fight, by visiting cancer.ca/daffodil

Lynne Hudson
Lynne Hudson
President and CEO

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