Our odds against cancer are better today than ever - with 62% of people surviving. Amazing when you consider just 70 years ago, 75% of cancer suffers didn't survive. Over the last 20 years alone, nearly 100,000 lives have been saved . These promisng trends in survival are in the four major cancers: lung, colorectal, breast and prostate. And between 1998 and 2007, overall death rates have dropped by 21% in men and 9% in women. We're changing the cancer statistics every year.
Risk factors are anything that might increase our chance of developing a disease like cancer. But cancer is not a single disease - it's a large group of diseases.
Cancer develops gradually as a result of a complex mix of risk factors related to:
lifestyle (tobacco use, diet, sun exposure), the environment, heredity, chance, age and our gender. Some risk factors can be avoided - and some cannot. Even people who develop cancer may have no known risk factors at all. The most important thing? Understand your risks, and what you can do about them.
We are involved in a wide range of issues that span all aspects of cancer control - affecting laws, policies and practices. Because the best way to deal with cancer is to never get it in the first place. That's why research, health promotion, education, advocacy, prevention, screening and early detection are critically important. Through awareness campaigns and government lobbying, we're advocating for changes to ensure that we live in an environment conducive to good health - lower cancer risk.
We understand cancer better than any other organization. We've been there, at every stage. From connecting you with someone who has faced the same cancer journey, to practical advice on what's next or a ride to chemo, we're there for you. Whether you or your loved one is on the cancer road, we're here.