Diseases Cancer

Canadian Cancer Society

Introduction

Cancer is part of the ugly truths that rule this world. Each year we see more and more people affected by cancer. And even though they say it can be treated unlike many other non treatable diseases one does lose hope after what the treatment makes them go through. It is cancer societies all over the world that have taken a stand, not just to treat this illness but to prevent it from occurring in the first place and spreading awareness so people can know that it can be detected at an early stage. The Cancer society Canadian is no different. This cancer society Canadian, volunteers run is a ray of hope for all those out there whose bodies are fighting this fight.

History

The Cancer Society Canadian has been working for a long time. Officially, it came into being in 1938 but the truth is it was almost a decade ago that the ideology was put down and a committee was formed. The Society is a community based national organization consisting of volunteers with the mission of cancer eradication and enhancing the quality of life for those living with it. It is the largest national charity for cancer in Canada and also the largest funder and contributor in cancer research. The Canadian Cancer Society relies on volunteer and donor support. It aims to do anything possible for the prevention of cancer, carries out and funds cancer research. It empowers, informs and supports people already living with cancer. It also advocates health and public policies and rallies Canadians to take part and get involved in this mission against cancer.

Features

If you look carefully, the logo for the Cancer Society Canadian consists of the daffodil. The daffodil has been a cancer awareness symbol for quite a while now. It brings with it hope that cancer can be beaten. Daffodils are a big part of decorations when organizing fundraisers. The society offers several sources of support services and information to Canadians which includes a toll free helpline for cancer related information, a peer-support program known as Cancer Connection which helps cancer affected get in touch with each other and share their lives and experiences. It also offers transportation and accommodation in a few areas. Mentionable research carried out by the Society includes the cobalt-60 unit development for cobalt therapy of tumors, still widely used today. Vinblastine too was discovered as triumphant chemotherapy for the Hodgkin lymphoma. Both were discoveries made in 1950s. In the 60s they made valuable advancement in stem cell research and their role in bone marrow transplants for cancer treatment.

Tips and comments

The cancer society Canadian is a strong advocate of passing public policies to help control and prevent cancer. This includes pesticides usage, tobacco control, cancer screening, occupational carcinogen exposure, reforming of health systems and gene patenting training opportunities. Research grants are funded using peer review processes for all cancer types. This includes basic clinical trials, laboratory research as well as psychosocial, behavioral and population-based research on cancer. Here is to hoping that the Canadian Cancer Society keeps up its invaluable work.

By Maryam Cheema, published at 02/22/2012
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