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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 2019–2020, the Canadian Cancer Society funded $40,66 million in leading-edge research supporting more than 248 projects across the country, thanks to our donors. As the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada, we are making an impact in the future of cancer.

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Search our database of research projects currently funded by the Canadian Cancer Society.

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Stories

Now I know that I will help someone with cancer even after I’m gone. It’s a footprint I want to leave behind me.

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Taking action against all cancers

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The latest Canadian Cancer Statistics report found that of all newly diagnosed cancers in 2017, half are expected to be lung, colorectal, breast and prostate cancers. Learn what you can do to reduce the burden of cancer.

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