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23 May 2018

Will DoveA recently released report by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer found that people with cancer are receiving care for their physical needs but more information and better access to support services are needed to manage the emotional toll of cancer.

For many Canadians, the easiest way to access this support is by picking up the phone, opening up an app, or logging in online. That’s why we’re excited to launch an app in partnership with Health Canada to help prevent the leading cause of cancer death in Canadians.

CCS and Health Canada recently relaunched a quit-smoking app, Break It Off, to help encourage Canadians to go smoke-free and reduce their risk of lung cancer. The app helps smokers quit, manage cravings and stay smoke-free. Consumers can download the app by searching Break It Off in the Apple Store.

CCS also offers other online or web-based support programs to ensure no Canadian faces cancer alone.

Will Dove, 53, from Calgary, was able to access the support he needed during his experience with throat cancer by joining CCS’s online community of cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers, at CancerConnection.ca.

“When I was diagnosed with HPV throat cancer at 50, I received very little information from the doctors on what my treatment would actually be like,” says Will. “By researching on CancerConnection.ca, I was able to find answers to many of my questions from others who had already been through it.”

When Will completed his treatment, he was able to then share his experience through CancerConnection.ca to help others going through a similar journey.

To fund more digital support services like CancerConnection.ca or Break It Off, you can purchase a Gift of Support.