canadian Cancer Society

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Canada Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) was officially formed in 1938, but the seeds for the organization were planted back in 1929 when the Saskatchewan Medical Association formed the country’s first cancer committee.


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.

Role of Canadian cancer society What we do Ways to volunteer

Our mission:

In trusted partnership with donors and volunteers, we continuously improve impact through cancer research, advocacy, and support services.

We set ourselves apart from other cancer charities by taking a comprehensive approach to cancer. We are also the only national charity that supports all Canadians living with all cancers across the country.

Here’s how we are doing more:

We are the country’s largest national charitable funder of research into 100+ types of cancer.

We educate people on how to reduce their risk of cancer and how some types of cancer can be found early.

The Canadian Cancer Society’s strongest asset is our dedicated volunteers. By offering the most meaningful opportunities for you to make the biggest difference as a volunteer, we’re having more impact, against more cancers, in more communities, than any other cancer charity.