Life with cancer is complex – for those living with a diagnosis, as well as those caring for them. For many people, accessing cancer care often comes with financial hardships.
Closing the cancer care gap requires collective action.
Our purpose at the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is to unite and inspire all Canadians to take control of cancer through advocacy, fundraising and volunteering. Meet Dylan, Julie and Bailey – 3 cancer survivors who advocate for unified action to improve the lives of people living with cancer.
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While a cancer diagnosis comes with physical, emotional and mental health needs, it also often comes with financial burdens. Each month, people in Canada spend an average of $260 on out-of-pocket costs such as medications, caregiver expenses, and transportation to appointments. And for underserved populations, like people living in rural and remote communities and families caring for young children facing cancer, the costs can be even greater.
The Canadian Cancer Society helps people access the care they need without financial hardship. Our volunteer drivers travel over 8.2 million kilometres each year to drive people to and from their cancer-related appointments. We also provide accommodations at our lodges for people receiving life-saving cancer treatment. For free mental health support, people can use our resources, such as cancerconnection.ca, as a safe space to share their experiences.
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Nothing gets solved by one person. It takes a society to make an impact and create progress for better treatments, better care and better support.
This World Cancer Day, we’re asking everyone to join us in calling on governments across Canada to help make cancer care more affordable. We will be hand delivering a letter to the Minister of Health in April to call for a change. Add your name to the letter today to help close the care gap.