Springtime perennials have been blooming all over the Fraser Valley in past weeks. These daffodils are in full bloom at Centennial Park in Agassiz

April is Daffodil month

Cancer still among leading causes of death in Canada

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada. Every three minutes, cancer picks a fight with another Canadian. It’s up to all of us to fight back.

April is Daffodil Month. The daffodil is the iconic symbol of hope in the fight against cancer. It is also a bright and hopeful emblem of support for people living with cancer.

Daffodil Month is a national fundraising campaign organized by the Canadian Cancer Society to support Canadians in the fight against cancer.

Funds raised throughout the month help the Canadian Cancer Society prevent cancer, fund vital research, empower, inform and support Canadians living with cancer and advocate for public policies to improve the health of all Canadians.

In recognition of the campaign, April 27 has been designated National Daffodil Day in Canada. The society is also asking people across the country to wear a daffodil pin throughout the month to support those living with and fighting cancer.

For 75 years the Canadian Cancer Society has been on the front lines in the battle against cancer. An important part of the work they do involves advocating for public policies that make healthy choices easier for everyone, help protect people from cancer-causing substances and make life better for those living with cancer.

Other Canadian Cancer Society programs include:

• The Smokers’ Helpline, which is a free, confidential service for smokers who want to quit, are thinking about quitting or have stopped smoking and need support.

• The Cancer Information Service provides answers to questions about all types of cancer, diagnostic tests, treatments, side effects, clinical trials and many other cancer-related topics.

• A Peer Support Service that connects people living with cancer and caregivers with trained volunteers who offer encouragement and share ideas for coping – all from their unique perspective as someone who’s been there.

• The society’s online community, CancerConnection.ca, which helps people who have cancer, cancer survivors and caregivers share their experiences and build supportive relationships.

For more information about Daffodil Month and how you can get involved, visit www.fightback.ca.