Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada. In 2011, an estimated 177,800 Canadians were diagnosed with cancer. In Ontario alone, approximately 66,900 people were diagnosed with cancer.
Through research, the Canadian Cancer Society is fighting back in Ontario communities like yours. Society-funded research is happening in hospitals and academic and research centres across the province, but no matter where our cancer breakthroughs occur, everyone benefits.
With the support of the Canadian Cancer Society, researchers all across the province are helping to make a real impact against cancer. In Ontario, the Society is currently funding more than 40 clinical trials and 122 grants and awards, including a study by Dr. Cynthia Menard at the Ontario Cancer Institute. Dr. Menard is developing and testing techniques to improve the effectiveness of radiotherapy for prostate cancer without increasing side effects.
Thanks to research funded by the Canadian Cancer Society, we are closer than ever to fully understanding, treating, controlling and preventing the many diseases called “cancer.” Today, 62 percent of people diagnosed with cancer will survive the disease, compared with 1 in 3 in the 1960s.