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About our research

Investing in the best research has led to tremendous progress against cancer. We know more about what causes cancer, how it develops, how best to treat it and how we can improve the quality of life of people living with cancer. Today, about 60% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least 5 years after their diagnosis. In the 1940s, survival was about 25%.

In 2016–2017, the Canadian Cancer Society funded $40 million in leading-edge research supporting more than 340 projects across the country, thanks to our donors. As the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada, we are leading the fight against cancer.

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Great progress has been made

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Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.

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