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Reducing Cancer Risk – By the Numbers

Winter 2012 Newsbrief, CEOs Against Cancer

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The American Cancer Society is working relentlessly to save more lives from cancer. Among the ways we are doing that each and every day is by helping people stay well through prevention and early detection and by helping them get well by offering support before, during, and after a cancer experience.

By taking advantage of these services and programs, your employees – and people around the world – can help reduce their risk of cancer and other chronic diseases and help create healthier workforces and communities. Thanks in part to the support of companies around the world, the Society has done much just in the past year to help save lives.

  • Every day, approximately 2,100 people call the American Cancer Society (that’s more than 770,000 each year) for timely, evidence-based information, answers, and support they need to stay well and get well. We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-227-2345.
  • The American Cancer Society’s Web site – cancer.org – is also here for people every minute of every day, receiving 25 million visits in 2011.
  • More than 339,000 tobacco users have taken steps to stay well by enrolling in the American Cancer Society Quit For Life® Program, operated by Alere Wellbeing. The program serves nearly 600 employers and health plans and 27 state agencies, with more than 50 million people having access to the tobacco cessation service.
  • Speaking of taking steps – quite literally, more than 30,000 people at companies across the country enrolled in the Society’s Active For LifeSM program. The 10-week online program uses individual and group strategies to help employees become more physically active and improve other healthy behaviors.
  • In fiscal year 2011, the 31 American Cancer Society Hope Lodge® locations across the country provided more than 250,000 nights of free lodging to nearly 40,000 cancer patients and their caregivers seeking treatment away from home, saving them more than $23 million in lodging expenses.