Our Support for Cancer Research and Screening
Like so many millions of people around the world whose lives have been affected by cancer, this cause is personal for us. Inherited cancers have touched our family and uprooted our lives. But from this turmoil, we’ve been able to see first-hand how important genetic testing can be in saving lives and improving outcomes.
This screening technology can make such a tremendous difference for at-risk people and populations. The only missing piece is the lack of access, and the Bhalwani Family Charitable Foundation is committed to addressing this.
By Focusing Resources, We Magnify the Benefits
There are two keys to conquering cancer: finding cures in the laboratory, and broadening access to prevention strategies, screening and early treatment. Our work addresses both of these directly and concretely, and we’re always searching for more avenues of impact.
As technology advances, screening tests are steadily becoming more precise. Genetic testing provides advance warning of current health risks or risks that may emerge at a later date as a result of an inherited risk gene.
Evaluating one’s family history is an important component of genetic testing. Some types of cancers are seen in many generations of the same family, and identifying these inherited risks is an essential and powerful weapon in fighting this disease.
The Centre’s work is making it possible for greater numbers of people with family histories of cancer to benefit from genetic testing, counseling and risk assessment services. To date, the Bhalwani Family Charitable Foundation has contributed $2.5 million to support these efforts.
Canada and Worldwide
We all have a stake in the fight against cancer, and many of us have a deeply personal interest in its outcome. The good news is that, together, we can win this struggle. And the exciting reality is that we can all be a part of creating an historical, world-changing scientific achievement.