Our Goals For Saskatchewan
We can’t do our work without you.
One in two Canadians will face cancer in their lifetime. We also know people are living with a diagnosis of cancer longer than ever before. Research, prevention, early detection, and new treatment methods are making a difference.
You can support the needs of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. And make a difference for patients and their families. Have a look at how making a difference is possible.
Early Detection & Treatment
Early detection helps to prevent and identify the early stages of cancer. The earlier a diagnosis, the higher the chance it will be managed or cured. Supporting the Agency’s three screening programs is very important. Everyone benefits from advanced technology to detect and treat patients in Saskatchewan.
After the age of 50, women should get a mammogram every two years. The Screening Program for Breast Cancer is there to help with the test, and you don’t need a referral. About 75 percent of breast cancers diagnosed through this program are early stage.
Routine Pap tests are recommended at age 25 OR three years after becoming sexually active, whichever comes later. The Screening Program for Cervical Cancer will perform a Pap test every three years until the age of 69.
If you are over the age of 50, men and women should have a FIT (fecal immunochemical test) every two years. The Screening Program for Colorectal Cancer sends it to everyone over 50. You must have a valid Saskatchewan Health Card to get the test. Colorectal Cancer is over 90 percent preventable with screening. Learn more about the Agency’s screening programs.
Prevention & Health Promotion
30-50% of cancers are preventable by addressing key cancer risk factors. The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency is improving population health and well-being to prevent cancer. How? By working with communities, organizations and all levels of government through:
Care & Comfort
Donations to care and comfort support patients and families affected by cancer. From coffee and snacks to wigs and head coverings, donations help meet many patient needs.
Patients who are experiencing financial difficulties can also benefit. Support is available for:
gift cards for groceries
There is also support for lodging for anyone travelling for treatment. Donations to care and comfort also support patient-related services including:
furniture in the cancer centres and lodges
access to cable television, internet and translation services
new treatment and waiting room chairs
maintaining up to date resources in our patient libraries
These little comforts have a significant impact on helping patients every day.
We know cancer research is expensive. That pales in comparison to the cost of disease on a person, their family, and society. The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency’s researchers are at the forefront of battling cancer. Their innovative work includes:
- Building the “Google Maps” of cancer cells
- What Turns A Gene On or Off
- Improving Hematology-Oncology
- Perking up the Body’s Immune System to Fight Off Cancer