Our Story

MBC Canada was formed in response to the lack of resources available specifically to Canadians with MBC. Founded by patients (although we define ourselves as so much more!), who have created a succession plan to ensure MBC Canada’s survival.

MBC Canada is wholly run by volunteers, there are no salaried employees. Our administrative operating costs are minimal, programs and events are budgeted individually.

Our supporters are invited to allocate their donations:

Restricted Donations – 100% of donations received are allocated to MBC research, and will be held in a separate account pending distribution to approved Donees.

Unrestricted Donations – proportionately allocated to MBC Research, Operating, and MBC Programs.

As Canadians with MBC, we found that most of the information we accessed, conferences we attended, and research we followed was ALL US-based. Our Canada-specific needs were not being met.

A recent study shows that that on average, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved drugs six months earlier than for the European Union’s European Medicines Agency, and 7.6 months earlier than Health Canada** Once approved in Canada, the process of provincial approval takes even longer – in some cases US patients have access to therapies YEARS before Canadians. As a result, Canadians with MBC seeking information about their disease face a confusing disparity between what is available to them and what other North American patients are experiencing.

In a country as large as Canada, the rise of social media has become an important resource for patients seeking answers and to connect. Faced with a diagnosis of MBC, many can’t voice concerns with family and friends. Sites like Facebook and various blogs are often the only place to gather first-hand information, ask for advice or even vent. MBC Canada rose from such a group in recognition of the unmet needs of the Canadian MBC community.

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** https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/health-headlines/cancer-drug-approvals-canada-often-takes-longer-than-u-s-1.2025867

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