04  January  2012 TORONTO –

The Canadian Cancer Society is proud to announce its top 10 breakthroughs of 2011. This list of accomplishments showcases how researchers funded by the Society continue to lead the way in advances that will reduce the number of Canadians diagnosed with and dying from cancer, and improve the quality of life for people living with and beyond cancer. Due to progress in cancer research, over 60% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive, compared with only 25%when the Society began funding research in the 1940s.

Story highlights include:
A landmark clinical trial of a new way to prevent breast cancer.

A Toronto protocol that gives 100% survival for families with a specific hereditary cancer.

The discovery of a human blood stem cell that could end the search for bone marrow.

A new imaging method that could detect lung cancer with more accuracy.

A clinical trial that has found that men with prostate cancer can take a drug ‘holiday’.

The development of tumor-killing nano particles.

The top 10 breakthroughs are available at http://files.newswire.ca/1012/top10breakthroughs.pdf