Advocacy

Surgeon General Calls for Action to Prevent Skin Cancer

The US Surgeon General’s office is drawing national attention to skin cancer, calling it a major public health problem that requires immediate action.

World No Tobacco Day

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day, an annual awareness day sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 1987 to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and encourage governments to adopt effective policies to reduce smoking and other tobacco use.

Pick Winners, Fight Cancer During March Madness

Picking winners in the NCAA college basketball tournament can do more than raise your profile in the office pool this year. Again this year, that golden touch can also raise money to fight cancer.

Organizations Commit to Goal of 80% Colon Cancer Testing Rate by 2018

Health-related organizations commit to increase the nation’s colon cancer testing rate to 80% by the year 2018 to help reduce colon cancer incidence and death rates. Learn more here.

White House Recognizes Colon Cancer Awareness Month

The White House has issued a proclamation signed by President Barack Obama recognizing March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The proclamation encourages Americans to discuss colon cancer with their doctors and get recommended screening tests.

CVS Pharmacies to Stop Selling Cigarettes

CVS Caremark, the parent company of CVS pharmacies, has announced it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in all of its approximately 7,600 stores by October 1, 2014.

ACS CAN Responds to State of the Union Address

In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama made several statements about cancer and health care that Dick Woodruff, Vice President of ACS CAN called “optimistic.”

World Cancer Day 2014

Tuesday, February 4th is World Cancer Day, a time when organizations and individuals around the world send a message: Ending cancer should be a global health priority.

Major Parts of Health Care Law to Go into Effect

A major piece of the health care law, known as the Affordable Care Act, gets underway October 1. That’s when health insurance “marketplaces” open in every state and Washington, DC, that enable uninsured Americans and some others to go online to compare health insurance plans and select the best one for them and their families. Read more here.

The American Cancer Society Marks 100 Years

This May the American Cancer Society is turning 100 years old. It’s marking the occasion by celebrating the many successes the organization has contributed to in the fight against cancer during the last century.

ACS Report: Changing Behaviors to Reduce Cancer Risk Remains Challenging

A new report from the American Cancer Society says much of the suffering and death from cancer could be prevented by a more coordinated effort to change individual health behaviors.

NFL Veteran Chris Draft Tackles Lung Cancer Awareness

Former NFL linebacker Chris Draft wants everybody to know the disturbing facts about lung cancer: that it kills more people than breast, prostate, colon, liver, and melanoma skin cancer combined.

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

The United States Supreme Court has upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the 2010 health care reform law.

Annual Report: Rate of Cancer Deaths Continues to Fall

The rate of death in the United States from all cancers combined is continuing the decline that began in the early 1990s, according to the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer.

Tobacco Atlas: Tobacco Kills 6 Million in 1 Year

In 2011, tobacco use killed almost 6 million people worldwide. Tobacco-related deaths have nearly tripled around the world in the past decade.

New CDC Ads Show Harsh Consequences of Smoking

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today began running a series of ads that tell the stories of former smokers living with smoking-related diseases.

Surgeon General’s Report Calls Youth Smoking an ‘Epidemic’

Every day, more than 3,800 children in the United States smoke their first cigarette, according to a new report from the US Surgeon General, putting themselves at risk for addiction and diseases.

FDA Announces Steps to Ease Cancer Drug Shortages

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Tuesday that it is taking steps to increase the supply of 2 cancer drugs on its drug shortage list: liposomal doxorubicin (Doxil )and methotrexate.

Manufacturer Releasing Emergency Supplies of Methotrexate

A maker of the cancer drug methotrexate, Bedford Laboratories, has advised the FDA that it will release emergency supplies of preservative-free methotrexate to meet patients’ needs.

World Cancer Day 2012

February 4th is World Cancer Day, a time when organizations and individuals around the world send a message: Ending cancer should be a global health priority.

Fighting Cancer: A Team Effort

It may not be time for March Madness quite yet, but there are plenty of reasons to be excited about basketball season – especially when so many teams are helping fight cancer.

National Cancer Act Marks Milestone

Much progress has been made in cancer research in the 40 years since the National Cancer Act was enacted.

NFL Supports Fight Against Breast Cancer

The National Football League is joining the American Cancer Society to raise awareness about breast screenings and to raise money to help fight breast cancer.

New Website Helps Explain Health Care Law

Eight consumer and health organizations have created a new Web site to help the public understand the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law enacted last year.

Cancer Survivors Spread Message of Early Detection

Although there are many signs the disparity gap is narrowing, cancer continues to take a hefty toll on minority communities.

iPhone App Helps You Celebrate More Birthdays

Own an iPhone or iPod Touch device? The American Cancer Society, the Official Sponsor of Birthdays, has developed a free iPhone application that will make it easier for you to remember the birthdays of the people you care about.

Relay For Life Family Gets ABC Home Makeover

On Sunday, January 31, at 8 p.m. EST, set your dial to ABC and gather with your local Relay For Life team, committee, or community to watch colon cancer survivor and Relay participant Tricia Creasey and her family on a special episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

Crucial Catch Campaign Aims to Improve Access to Mammography

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) joined forces with the National Football League (NFL) on Capitol Hill today to urge Congress to improve access to breast cancer screening and treatment for all women.

New Ad Campaign Puts Patients at Center of Healthcare Reform

This week, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, launches its first ever national solo television ad campaign.

Give Back, Celebrate Service on September 11th

In April 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which expanded volunteer opportunities for Americans and established September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Cancer Survivor Gives Voice To Young Adults Fighting Cancer

By 2020, the number of cancer survivors is expected to grow from 11 million to 20 million.

How to Control Your Cancer Risk

While recent research has shown that racial disparity in cancer death rates is decreasing, minority groups continue to bear a greater cancer burden than whites. However, there are things you can do to help reduce your cancer risk.

Private Health Insurance Doesn't Protect Cancer Patients from High Costs, Report Illustrates

Despite having private health insurance, cancer patients are running up large debts, filing for personal bankruptcy, and even delaying or forgoing treatment because they can't afford care, a new report from the American Cancer Society and the Kaiser Family Foundation shows.

New Ad Campaign Urges Healthcare Reform

Quality, affordable healthcare is essential to getting the economy back on its feet, urges a new media campaign unveiled today at a press briefing in Washington, DC.

Cancer Organizations Team Up For Global Cancer Fight

The global cancer burden is growing and could nearly triple by 2030, according to a new report.

Lance Armstrong Announces Global Cancer Summit

After a 3-year hiatus from the sport, cycling champion and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong is back in the saddle.

A Personal Stake in Cancer Research

Society Stakeholder Program Seeks Committed People to Help Choose Research Grants

Healthcare Reform Focus of New Harry and Louise Ads

Harry and Louise are back.

Need Help Navigating the Medical Minefield?

Society joins with patient advocacy group to offer free, personalized service for cancer patients

Worsening Health Trends Among Least Educated

A new American Cancer Society report shows that education level can have a profound effect on people's health -- including whether they die from cancer and other diseases.

Unequal Cancer Burden

Disease's Toll Worse for Minorities, Medically Underserved

Report Links Health Insurance Status With Cancer Care

Uninsured Americans are less likely to get screened for cancer.