Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, we've made this month's featured charity the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). Millions of families across Canada are affected by cancer every year. Breast cancer alone kills 1 in 33 women, and 1 in 8 women are expected to develop the disease at some point during their lifetimes. This experience can be very traumatic and devastating for both those affected and their friends/families.
The CCS works to help lift the burden and envisions a world where no one fears cancer. They improve and save lives through a comprehensive approach; they fund research, provide services to those living with cancer, advocate on important cancer-related issues, and educate and empower people to make healthy choices. Thanks to public donations, CCS is able to continue funding over 300 research projects per year. In the 1940s, the 5-year survival rate of cancer patients was 25%. Today, thanks in part to the research funded by CCS, cancer survival rates are at 60%. For breast cancer specifically, the 5-year survival rate is 80% in men and 88% in women. Breast cancer deaths have been in a steady decline since their peak in 1986, thanks in large part to enhanced screening and treatment
For more information or to make a donation, you can visit their website here.