The Breast Cancer Society of Canada, (BCSC) is a registered, national non-profit charity dedicated to saving lives through breast cancer research. We raise money to fund patient-focused research for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of breast cancer.

The Breast Cancer Society of Canada was established in 1991 by Lawrence and Kay Greenaway, in memory of their daughter Pam who died of breast cancer at 38 years old. They positively transformed their deep loss into a mission to raise money to fund research to cure this devastating disease.

BCSC receives no government funding – all of our research is funded through the generosity of our donors.

Did you Know Breast Cancer remains the Most Common Cancer among Canadian Women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers)?*

will develop breast cancer in her lifetime

It is estimated during this year:

  • 26,300 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. This represents 25% of all new cancer cases in women
  • 5,000 women will die from breast cancer. This represents 13% of all cancer deaths in women.
  • On average, 72 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every day.
  • On average, 14 Canadian women will die from breast cancer every day.
  • 230 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 60 will die from breast cancer.
Breast cancer represent 25% of all estimated female cancers in 2017.
25%
13% of all estimated female cancer deaths in 2017 are due to breast cancer.
13%

Survival Rates are Improving

Thanks in part to research, the breast cancer death rate has been declining since the mid-1980s. 87% of females and 79% of males are surviving more than 5 years following their diagnosis. This reduction in death rates likely reflects the impact of screening and improvements in treatment for breast cancer.

* Canadian Cancer Society’s Advisory Committee on Cancer Statistics. Canadian Cancer Statistics 2017. Toronto, ON: Canadian Cancer Society; 2017. Available at cancer.ca

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