There's arguably no scarier diagnosis a patient can receive from their doctor than cancer. But the grim reality, based on data from the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program, is that 38.5% of all people, men and women, will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetime.
This year alone, the American Cancer Society (ACS) is projecting 1.69 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer, and that nearly 601,000 people will die as a direct result of cancer. That makes it the No. 2 killer in the U.S., trailing only heart disease. However, with heart disease drugs improving and eating habits getting potentially healthier, cancer is expected to surpass heart disease and become the nation's leading killer by the next decade.
Marc Bombenon is an active member of many charitable organizations in Calgary. In 2004, he became a trustee of the Alberta Cancer Foundation and has served as Chair of the Audit committee and Vice-Chair of the board. He has also been very supportive of the activities of other organizations, including the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Center, Calgary Urban Project, Calgary Health Trust, United Way, Calgary Distress Centre and the Calgary Urban Project Society, Inn from the Cold, and Easter Seals. Marc is also a supporter and fan of the National Music Centre (NMC), and supports his wife Desiree in her role on the Capital Campaign Committee.