American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. It is one of the oldest and largest voluntary health agencies in the United States, with over two million Americans united to conquer cancer through balanced programs of research, education, patient service, advocacy, and rehabilitation.

The American Cancer Society, Inc. consists of a National Society, with chartered Divisions throughout the country and over 3,400 local Units. To date, the Society has invested more than $2.4 billion in cancer research and has provided grant support to 32 Nobel Prize winners early in their careers.

To ease the impact of cancer on patients and their families, the American Cancer Society provides service and rehabilitation programs, as well as patient and family education and support programs.

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Cancer Incidence and Death Rates on the Decline
03 Jun 04 | The nation's leading cancer organizations report that Americans' risk of getting and dying from cancer continues to decline and survival rates for many cancers continue to improve.

Pipe Smoking Linked to Cancer, Other Diseases
01 Jun 04 | An American Cancer Society study finds pipe smoking confers a similar risk of cancer and other disease as cigar smoking. The largest and most precise study to date of the risks of pipe smoking, appears in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Study Finds No Gender Gap in Smoking's Lung Cancer Risk
01 Jun 04 | The most comprehensive analysis to date of lung cancer risk among women does not support the theory that women are more susceptible than men to developing lung cancer after comparable amounts of smoking.

Cancer Chemoprevention Holds Promise
12 May 04 | Statistics that show one in two men and one in three women will get cancer in their lifetimes might lead some to think cancer is nearly inevitable. But a new review points out carcinogenesis is a long, multistep process which can be interrupted.

New Drugs Targeting Tumors Blood Vessels Demonstrate Potential
10 May 04 | A new class of anticancer drugs, called vascular disrupting agents, or VDAs, may offer a valuable new tool to improve patient survival. Research on this new drug class finds VDAs have been shown to lead to tumor reduction when used alone.

Kaposi Sarcoma Declines Among HIV Positive Patients
10 May 04 | Kaposi Sarcoma (KS), a once-rare cancer whose mysterious appearance marked the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, has dropped nearly 40 percent a year in the last decade among HIV-positive patients in Europe, reports a new study.

American Cancer Society Responds to Iressa Study
29 Apr 04 | A study released early from the May 20, 2004 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine study suggests that a sub-group of patients diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer are more responsive to treatment with gefitinib (trade name Iressa).

Cancer Prevention Report Finds Smoking Down, Obesity Up
28 Apr 04 | A new report on cancer prevention trends from the American Cancer Society shows while American are smoking less, obesity is reaching epidemic proportions and screening for certain cancers is still well below targeted levels.

Statins Do Not Increase Breast Cancer Risk
26 Apr 04 | A popular class of cholesterol lowering drugs called "statins" does not increase the risk of breast cancer according to a new study to be published April 26 in the online edition of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

Beyond Access: Barriers To Screening Mammography Among Minority Women Include Psychological Factors
26 Apr 04 | Personal cognitive and emotional experiences may provide a more useful explanation of minority women's generally poor utilization of screening mammography than the broader, more abstract categories of "culture" and "ethnicity."

American Cancer Society Presents 2004 Medal of Honor Awards
23 Feb 04 | U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge will be among those honored by the American Cancer Society for leadership in the battle against cancer.

Cancer Statistics 2004
29 Jan 04 | Data newly compiled by the American Cancer Society finds death rates for most major cancers continue to decline, but a growing and aging population continues to produce a rise in the total number of cancer deaths.

American Cancer Society Marks 40th Anniversary of U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Smoking
09 Jan 04 | This month marks the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Surgeon General's report on smoking and health. This landmark 1964 report was the first widely publicized official recognition that cigarette smoking is a cause of cancer and other deadly diseases.

American Cancer Society's Healthy Kids Network Wins "Innovations in Prevention Award"
10 Dec 03 | The awards are part of a broader DHHS initiative, Steps to a HealthierUS, and are aimed at identifying and recognizing innovative, exemplary chronic disease prevention and health promotion programs.

American Cancer Society Urges Smokers to Quit for the Day, Perhaps for Good
18 Nov 03 | The American Cancer Society is urging millions of smokers across the country to give up their cigarettes for the day and perhaps a lifetime for the 27th American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout®, Thursday Nov. 20.

Men’s College Basketball Teams Hit the Hardwoods in 2003 Coaches vs. Cancer Basketball Classic
12 Nov 03 | New York City once again will roll out the red carpet for the start of the 2003-04 NCAA Division I men's basketball regular season. On November 13 and 14, 2003, Madison Square Garden will host the eighth annual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic®.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Should Be Discontinued at Diagnosis of Breast Cancer
03 Nov 03 | A new study finds women with breast cancer should stop using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as soon as they're diagnosed. The study, published December 15, says stopping HRT appears to lead to tumor regression prior to surgery.

New Unique Protein Marker For Prostate Cancer Identified
03 Nov 03 | A newly identified cellular protein, labeled PCa-24, has been discovered that appears to be highly specific for prostate cancer. The finding comes from a study published in the December 15 issue of the American Cancer Society's peer-reviewed journal.

American Cancer Society Report Finds Breast Cancer Death Rate Continues to Decline
02 Oct 03 | As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins, a new report from the American Cancer Society finds that progress in early detection and treatment of breast cancer has resulted in decreasing mortality rates in most segments of the population.

American Cancer Society Releases Nutrition and Physical Activity Recommendations for Cancer Survivors
30 Sep 03 | The American Cancer Society today released revised nutrition and physical activity recommendations for the large and growing population of cancer survivors, who now number some 9.5 million Americans.

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