By choosing to donate to breast cancer research, you will help the Canadian Cancer Society continue to fund the best breast cancer researchers across Canada. Scientists funded by the Society have already made a real difference in improving early detection, treatments and the quality of life of women living with this disease. More women are surviving breast cancer than just a few decades ago.
Today, 88% of Canadian women diagnosed with breast cancer will survive compared to 73% twenty-five years ago, largely due to increased screening and better treatments.
Here’s a snapshot of some of the researchers we’ve funded and the progress they’ve made in breast cancer research since the 1980s:
In the 1980s
Two Toronto-based researchers, Drs Martin Yaffe and Donald Plewes, began to develop digital mammography, which creates enhanced computerized images of the breast to detect small tumours. Today, digital mammography is effective at detecting tumours in women with denser breasts.
In the 1990s
An international team of researchers, including Dr Steven Narod, found that specific mutations in the BRCA1 gene were linked to an increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers. Research on the BRCA1 gene continues today in order to find better prevention and treatment strategies.
In the 2000s
A large international clinical trial, led by the Society-funded NCIC Clinical Trials Group, investigated a new way to prevent breast cancer in women at increased risk of developing the disease. The trial found that the drug exemestane reduces breast cancer risk by 65% compared with a placebo. This discovery was recognized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology as one of the world’s most important cancer treatment breakthroughs in 2011.
“It can take years to test therapies to see if they are effective in preventing or treating cancer. So researchers, like me, rely on funding from the Canadian Cancer Society to ensure that we are advancing the science in breast cancer.”
- Dr Angela Cheung, currently Society-funded breast cancer researcher and clinician
Let’s keep the momentum going
You can be part of a movement of women who are literally saving lives. Have conversations with friends and family about breast cancer screening or take it a step further and ask them to help accelerate the pace of progress by making a donation to breast cancer research.
Did you know?
The Canadian Cancer Society is the largest charitable funder of cancer research in Canada and we have invested $55 million in breast cancer research over the last decade alone.
Watch a brief video more
Watch this brief videos to learn more about breast cancer research funded by the Canadian Cancer Society.