How your donations help
Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the work of our volunteers and staff, the Canadian Cancer Society has more impact, against more cancers, in more communities, than any other cancer charity.
With your help, the Canadian Cancer Society has played a part in reducing the impact of cancer on Canadians.
We take the role as steward of donor dollars very seriously and make every effort to allocate these dollars where they will make the most difference in the fight against cancer. We focus our work in 5 areas – research, advocacy, prevention, information and support. We couldn’t do it without you!
The Canadian Cancer Society is the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada.
We are funding life-saving research into all types of cancer.
Today, over 60% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive compared to about 25% in the early 1940s when we started funding research. Despite the drop in deaths, cancer is still the leading cause of death in Canada.
The Canadian Cancer Society fights cancer by:
- doing everything we can to prevent cancer
- funding research to outsmart cancer
- empowering, informing and supporting Canadians living with cancer
- advocating for public policies to improve the health of Canadians
- rallying Canadians to get involved in the fight against cancer
In 2012, we invested:
- $45 million to support 259 lead researchers and 791 students and fellows to carry out 310 research projects
- $71 million in programs and services to meet the needs of people living with cancer and their caregivers and to provide information about cancer
- $9 million advocating for important cancer issues that matter to Canadians
We produced and distributed 1.4 million print materials about all aspects of cancer last year.
We published 565 scientific papers, based on Canadian Cancer Society–funded research in peer-reviewed journals throughout 2012.
Information and support programs
56,000 Canadians have used our Cancer Information Service in 2012 alone; over 1 million since 1996.
75,000 people with cancer and their caregivers accessed our information and support services, and
27,000 smokers were helped by the Society’s quit smoking programs all throughout 2012.
In 2012, we provided 5,000 people having cancer treatment with accommodation at one of our lodges, and our volunteers drove 20,000 people to their cancer treatment centres.
Last year we reached 150,000 Canadians regarding sun safety initiatives.
Research and advocacy
1,700 cancer patients participated in clinical trials funded by the Society.
Connecting Online 24/7
In 2012, over 5 million visits to cancer.ca from our online communities and people in over 200 countries seeking up-to-date information. CancerConnection.ca and ParlonsCancer.ca.
More than 803,000 visits from mobile devices and our social media fans and followers on Facebook and Twitter twice as many as in 2011.
5,600 Canadians used CancerConnection – our telephone-based support program.
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The Canadian Cancer Society BC and Yukon raised funds and spent them for one reason only — to fulfill our mission of eradicating cancer and improving the quality of life for people with cancer and their families.
Our donors in BC and Yukon recognize our community reach, strength of purpose, and experience. We, in turn, take care and responsibility in managing every single donor dollar we receive. At all times, we are transparent and accountable.
Despite economic challenges in the marketplace, we are the cancer charity of choice. We make careful decisions about how much we needed to spend on fundraising costs in order to produce the maximum amount of revenue that is essential to fund our mission activities. Volunteers make a crucial contribution in helping us keep costs at a minimum.
We continue to commit significant funding to outstanding cancer research, life-saving clinical trials, studies on quality of life issues and cancer prevention.
Our investment in cancer prevention and advocacy is bringing clear benefits to communities across the province. BC reported the lowest cancer incidence rate in Canada. Our work with government is resulting in policies that make healthier choices easier choices and legislation to protect British Columbians against environmental. We are particularly proud of our innovative Cancer Prevention Centre in partnership with UBC.
In our efforts to enhance the quality of life and support people living with cancer and survivors, we serve about 20,000 clients in BC and Yukon. In 2013 we opened and opened a new lodge for cancer patients in Prince George.