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World Cancer Day

This World Cancer Day, change the future of cancer. 

February 4 is World Cancer Day – a day to come together to honour and remember everyone affected by cancer, and take action to change the future of cancer forever.  

This World Cancer Day, as the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third year, those facing cancer are still experiencing delays in diagnosis and treatment, and continuing to struggle with feelings of anxiety, loneliness and isolation. Championing the needs of people with cancer and their caregivers has never been more important because cancer doesn’t stop being a life-threatening disease during a pandemic. 

People with cancer and their caregivers are feeling more anxious, lonely and isolated than ever before as they experience delays in diagnosis and treatment due to COVID-19. And these delays have life-threatening consequences: one study showed that just a 4-week delay in cancer treatment increases the risk of death by 10%.  

This World Cancer Day, raise your voice to create change 

Help shape the government decisions that make cancer care a priority by using your voice today.  

Use the link below to send a pre-written email to your elected official to let them know that people with cancer and their loved ones need support during the pandemic. Addressing the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on cancer care must be a priority.

You can also upload a short video to share your own story of how the pandemic has affected cancer care for you or someone you love. Your voice is powerful and will ensure that decisions made by the government incorporate the experiences and perspectives of people facing cancer and their loved ones.

We’re committed to supporting people with cancer 

This World Cancer Day and every day, CCS is working tirelessly to save and improve lives and be the voice for people who care about cancer. We:  
Clinical trial
Fund world-leading cancer research to discover and improve the ways we prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer to change and save lives.  
Cancer Information Service
Provide compassionate support and trusted cancer information for people facing cancer, and their caregivers, when they need it most.  
Advocacy work
Are the voice for Canadians who care about cancer. We work with governments and advocate for people affected by cancer throughout the pandemic and beyond.  
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We are here to help 

If you have been affected by cancer, know that our virtual support is available no matter where you live. You can connect with us and find support using our Cancer Information Helpline at 1-888-939-3333, live chat and Cancerconnection.ca peer support forum.  

If you have health concerns that could be a sign or symptom of cancer or another serious illness, do not wait to see your doctor. Finding cancer early is critically important. When cancer is found and treated early, the chances of successful treatment are better.  

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