The first Sunday in June is National Cancer Survivors Day. While it’s not an official statutory holiday, it’s certainly a day everyone should acknowledge. It’s about commemorating those who have lived through cancer, people who are surviving and thriving in the face of adversity. It’s also a time to remember those we have lost to cancer. Above all, it’s a celebration of life.
By virtue of the fact that one in two Canadians (49% of men and 45% of women) is expected to develop cancer during their lifetime, anyone can be affected by cancer. It was estimated that 206,200 new cases of cancer (not including non-melanoma skin cancer) occurred in Canada in 2017.1
While the number of newly diagnosed cancer cases in Canada continues to increase, survival rates are increasing even more. Between 1992 and 1994, and 2006 and 2008, survival rates increased from 53% to 60% for all cancers combined. The five-year survival rate is highest for prostate cancer (95%) and breast cancer (87%).1
Reducing your risks
It has been estimated that smoking is responsible for 30% of all cancer deaths and that one-third of cancers can be linked to lack of exercise, obesity and diet.2 That means you can reduce your risk of cancer by not smoking, being active, maintaining a healthy weight and eating well (less sugar, fat, red meat and processed foods and more vegetables, fruits and whole grains).
One way that you can be active, have fun and raise money to fight cancer is to participate in the Ride to Conquer Cancer or the Relay For Life. These community fundraising events are happening across Canada over the summer. To see what events are taking place where you live, visit cancer.ca and click on the “Get involved” tab.
This may also be a time to find out about Critical Illness Insurance, which can provide you with resources to help you focus on recovering from a life-threatening illness such as cancer. It can reduce the stress of worrying about having funds to cover lost income, medication or private nursing. Hudson’s Bay Financial Services is proud to team up with Chubb Life to offer you insurance products that are easy to understand and deliver great value — including Critical Illness Insurance.3
With Critical Illness Insurance, no medical exam is required for amounts up to $25,000. The benefits are paid as a tax-free lump sum, which can provide some comfort and financial security should the unthinkable happen.
Plus, by simply getting a no-obligation quote, you’ll earn 1,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points. You’ll also earn 2,000 Rewards points upon enrolment and 4,000 Rewards points annually when you continue to renew your coverage.4
1 Canadian Cancer Society. “Cancer statistics at a glance.” Retrieved February 23, 2018, from cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-101/cancer-statistics-at-a-glance.
2 Canadian Cancer Society. “What causes cancer?” Retrieved February 23, 2018, from cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-101/what-causes-cancer.
3 Critical Illness Insurance is arranged for by Hudson’s Bay Financial Services and underwritten by Chubb Life Insurance Company of Canada. Full details of coverage, including restrictions and limitations that apply, are set out in the Insurance Policy provided on enrolment.
4 Offer valid when you use a valid Canadian credit card to pay your premiums. Each Hudson’s Bay Rewards points offer is limited to one Rewards account per household. Rewards points are issued within four to six weeks of payment. This offer cannot be combined with other offers and may change without notice.