About Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is a national, non-profit, community-based organization that is dedicated to eradicating cancer and improving the quality of life of people living with cancer. Established in 1937, the society currently has 350,000 volunteers, over 600 community locations, 10 provincial divisions, and one national office. The Canadian Cancer Society works to achieve its mission by promoting and supporting cancer research, educating the public, engaging in public policy advocacy efforts, and providing patient and family services. It is committed to funding medical research, awarding fellowships to support advanced clinical training in oncology, and funding behavioral research to help determine the best ways to promote lifestyle changes that may reduce the risk of cancer. The society’s public education programs work to promote the prevention and early detection of cancer by providing information and skill development through programs, advocacy, and collaboration. In addition, the Canadian Cancer Society works with coalitions of health, medical, research, and professional organizations to lobby Parliament and provincial legislatures concerning public policies that will promote health and prevent disease. The society’s patient services include a Cancer Information Service; networking programs that enable individuals with cancer to communicate with trained volunteers who have also been affected by cancer; transportation to treatment centers and other practical assistance; and educational publications for affected individuals and family members.