Why Cancer?

This year alone, 15 million people were diagnosed with cancer worldwide. In only 15 years (2030), this number will skyrocket to 22 million. That’s an increase of 47%.

By joining the #TakeYourShot movement, not only are you demonstrating your support for those undergoing cancer treatment by taking Your Shot to Conquer Cancer, but you are also helping conquer cancer with heightened awareness and funds raised for world leading cancer research.



  • Cancer is a global problem… and also a very personal problem for every person who hears the words “You have cancer”.
  • Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada.
  • 42% of Canadian women and 45% of men will develop cancer during their lifetimes.
  • On average, over 500 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer every day.
  • On average, over 200 Canadians will die from cancer every day.
  • Cancer can occur at any age, although it mostly affects Canadians aged 50 and older. Cancer is responsible for more deaths worldwide than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
  • We have learned more about cancer in the past 30 years than ever before.

We now know that cancer is a disease of our genes caused by mutations (or changes) in genes and/or how genes are regulated. We know that the immune system tries – but often fails – to control cancer. We have developed therapies to help us find cancers earlier because we know that, if detected early, a significant proportion of cancers can be treated effectively with surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and immunotherapy (teaching our bodies own system to fight cancer. However, cancer remains an extremely complex disease.