Cancer in Canada

Framing the Crisis and Previewing the Opportunity

Greg Thomson and Karen Greve Young, April 2011

Cancer kills more Canadians, at younger ages, than any other disease. Eighty percent of Canadians say they are concerned about cancer. Charity Intelligence shares this concern, so we did what we do best: we harnessed the passion of our research analysts to examine Canada's cancer crisis, to help Canadian donors transform their concern into intelligent giving.

Did you know...

  • The average lifetime risk of developing cancer is 45% for men and 40% for women.
  • About one in four Canadians will die of cancer.
  • Overall age-standardized cancer mortality rates in Canada have declined only 5% since 1955.

How funders can make a difference:

  • Ci believes that rather than hoping for a "cure", funders should think strategically about how their donations can best change the cancer landscape.
  • Ci has identified four cancers that are underfunded relative to their deadly impact on Canadians: pancreatic, stomach, lung and colorectal.
  • Palliative care is a huge, growing, and currently unmet need that applies to all cancers.
  • Ci hopes this report will enable Canadians to make cancer donation decisions with their heads as well as with their hearts.
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