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Register now for the March 5 Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month webcast

Thursday, March 5, 2 - 3 p.m. ET

The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) and the American Cancer Society will kick off Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month with our annual webcast, featuring Rich Wender, MD, our chief cancer control officer and NCCRT chair, and other special guests. It will mark the second year of the 80% in Every Community campaign.

Register now!

The annual webcast celebrates the exciting work that is happening around the country to increase colorectal cancer screening and spread awareness that screening saves lives. This year, we’ll look back on our shared successes, get updates from the field, and meet the winners of the 2020 80% in Every Community National Achievement Awards. The webcast will include a special focus on the role employers can play in promoting colorectal cancer screening.

Volunteers, individuals, and organizations are invited to join the webcast, which will be broadcast live from ACS headquarters in Atlanta. 

Visit the event webpage to learn more and to register. 

  • Help promote Give Blood to Give Time and consider donating blood

    ​We hope you have been seeing our Give Blood to Give Time ads popping up on the internet.

    One features model Cindy Crawford, whose brother died from leukemia before he turned 4 years old. Today, as a spokesperson for the American Red Cross, she helps shine a light on how blood donors play an important role in the battle against cancer.

    Another video features Hannah, a young girl who underwent lots of transfusions during her treatment for leukemia. Now in remission, Hannah says: “For every blood donor out there, there is not enough gratitude in the world for you guys. You are giving a life to someone who needs a life, so thank you.”

    And, if you have not seen this moving video, watch now

    This joint campaign with the American Red Cross was launched on Feb. 10 and continues through Feb. 29. We want people to know that blood donations help patients fighting cancer. Chemotherapy and radiation can damage the body's ability to generate healthy blood cells and cause potentially life-threatening conditions. Blood transfusions from generous donors help to provide patients with critical clotting factors, proteins, and antibodies needed to help their bodies fight back.

    Cancer patients use nearly 1/4 of the blood supply – more than patients fighting any other disease – but only 3% of Americans donate blood in a given year.

    Here’s how you can help:

    • Schedule a blood donation:  To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood. If you want to donate platelets, which takes loner than donating blood, watch this video. A whole blood donation takes about an hour from start to finish, but the actual donation itself only takes about 8-10 minutes. Platelet donation may take up to two and a half hours, and a Power Red donation is about an hour and 15 minutes long. A Power Red donation allows you to safely donate two units of red blood cells during one donation. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, and platelet donors are urgently needed. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, surgical patients, and bone marrow transplant recipients – must be transfused within five days of donation, so there is a constant, often critical, need for platelets to keep up with hospital demand. 
    • Make a financial gift: Give a financial gift to the American Cancer Society to support its comprehensive approach to attacking cancer that includes breakthrough research, free rides to treatment, free lodging near hospitals and a live 24/7 helpline. Or, donate to help the American Red Cross to support the collection and distribution of lifesaving blood products to cancer patients in need.

    Visit GiveBloodToGiveTime.org to do either!

    Helping underwrite this is Merck Pharmaceuticals.

    If you missed the story about the launch of Give Blood to Give, read this.

  • Advocates ask lawmakers to end deaths from cervical cancer globally

    Check out ACS CAN's new video on the issue

    Twelve ACS CAN volunteers were on Capitol Hill on Feb. 11 to ask Congress to act to end deaths from cervical cancer globally. It is currently the primary cause of cancer-related death among women in 42 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

    new video was launched yesterday on the ACS CAN website that highlights the issue.

    Through dedicating a portion of U.S. global health funding to improve access to preventive vaccinations, screenings, and cervical cancer treatment in LMICs, eliminating deaths from cervical cancer can be realized. 

    Last year ACS CAN released a report that takes an in-depth look at the growing burden of cervical cancer in LMICs. The report, shared with members of Congress, lays out the leading role the U.S. government could play, in coordination with other international efforts, in ending death from cervical cancer around the world.

    The following is a statement from Lisa Lacasse, president of ACS CAN:

    “No woman has to die from cervical cancer. Tremendous progress has been made in the United States in the fight against this disease over the past 30 years, resulting in cervical cancer death rates dropping by more than 50 percent domestically. In contrast, incidence rates are exponentially higher in other areas around the world, particularly in low and middle-income countries. Today cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death for women in 42 countries. These high rates of cervical cancer around the globe clearly illustrate the need for timely action.

    “ACS CAN is proud to be one of the leading advocacy organizations pushing for U.S.-led investment to end cervical cancer deaths globally. Congress has a significant role to play in the fight against cervical cancer and we hope lawmakers will continue to see the value in this vital campaign.”

    Advocates targeted particular legislators because of their Committee assignments and role in Congress as leaders in matters of global health.  

  • Ceremonial ribbon-cutting celebrates our new Hope Lodge in Jacksonville

    Florida Lodge opened Jan. 6 and is already is at capacity.

    On Tuesday, Feb. 4, a ceremony and ribbon-cutting was held for the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Jacksonville, FLA. It was broadcast live on the ACS Florida Facebook page

    Among those attending were Best Buy founder Richard Schulze, and Gary Reedy, our CEO.

    Schulze created the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation in 2004 to give back to the communities in Minnesota and Florida where he and his family lived. 

    This Lodge is the third one built on Mayo Clinic property. Mayo Clinic has been a strong partner, supporting our Road to Recovery program which provides free rides to patients in cancer treatment. Mayo Clinic is also an ACS research grant recipient for its work in lung cancer research in Jacksonville. 

    This 32,000-square-foot facility has 30 guest suites. Two adults can occupy each suite.

  • Today is #WorldCancerDay

    ​2020 marks the midway point of the 3-year ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign, representing the power of individual action taken now to impact the future.

    On Tuesday, February 4, the American Cancer Society will join the global cancer community to celebrate World Cancer Day to raise awareness about cancer and encourage continued support, action, and funding for cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), and this year marks the 20th anniversary of the event.

    As part of its World Cancer Day promotions, UICC will livestream cancer events around the globe on Feb. 4 on its World Cancer Day Facebook page. Included in the livestream was an interview with Lorraina Aldridge, ACS regional director, Hope Lodge Operations, following the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the American Cancer Society Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Hope Lodge in Jacksonville. 

    Cancer is responsible for 1 in 6 deaths worldwide – more than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. And, it has a disproportionate impact on low- and middle-income countries. In 2016, 70% of cancer-related deaths were in these areas. The continued prevalence of and increase in smoking, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and fewer childbirths in economically transitioning countries are expected to cause an increase the future burden of cancer. 

    On World Cancer Day and every day, the American Cancer Society is committed to leading the fight for a world without cancer. We are focused on sharing what we know with partners around the globe to transform cancer from deadly to treatable and from treatable to preventable.  

    Our Global Cancer Control team works in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and India. The team focuses on:

    • Prevention and detection  
    • Treatment  
    • Patient support  
    • Capacity building 
    • Pain relief

    To learn more about the global cancer burden, check out Global Cancer Facts & Figures and the Cancer Atlas, Third Edition. For more about ACS’s global cancer control programs, visit  cancer.org/WorldCancerDay2020 or check out this new video that describes our global work.

    And to show your support for the global fight against cancer, join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #WorldCancerDay.


  • ACS and Red Cross launch campaign to increase blood donations

    Starting on February 10, the American Cancer Society and American Red Cross will kick off a three-week campaign to encourage people across the country to Give Blood to Give Time. 

    Did you know that nearly 25% of the blood supply in the U.S. goes to cancer patients - more than patients fighting any other disease? 

    This joint campaign will include a national television PSA, social media, outdoor advertising, digital programs, and public relations, all driving people to GiveBloodToGiveTime.org, where they can type in their ZIP code and make an appointment to donate blood or platelets.

    Model Cindy Crawford is the national spokesperson for this  campaign. Previously an ambassador for the Red Cross, Cindy’s brother died at an early age from leukemia, so she also supports cancer causes. During her brother’s treatment, ACS helped her family with access to transportation. 

    For those undergoing chemotherapy treatments while battling cancer, a blood transfusion is a meaningful way to give them the strength to keep fighting. According to the American Red Cross, five units of blood are needed every minute of every day to help someone going through cancer treatments. Yet, only 3% of the American public donates blood in a given year.

    Interestingly, Gail McGovern, president and CEO of American Red Cross, and her husband are both cancer survivors. In an email to all of her staff today, she wrote: "I know from experience that a loved one’s diagnosis can make family and friends feel helpless. They often don’t realize that individuals can make a difference by giving blood and platelets."

    The need is great; how you, your friends, and family can help

    During the campaign, from Feb. 10 to Feb. 29, visit GiveBloodToGiveTime.org and set up an appointment to give blood or platelets. A whole blood donation takes about an hour from start to finish, but the actual donation itself only takes about 8-10 minutes. Platelet donation may take up to two and a half hours, and a Power Red donation is about an hour and 15 minutes long. A Power Red donation allows you to safely donate two units of red blood cells during one donation.

    Donors of all blood types, especially type O, and platelet donors are urgently needed. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, surgical patients, and bone marrow transplant recipients – must be transfused within five days of donation, so there is a constant, often critical, need for platelets to keep up with hospital demand. 

    Donations of money are welcome, too! 

    The public will have the option to select which organization to donate to through the campaign landing page. Donations will be processed through each organization’s standard donation process. 

    Help spread the word! 

    Let everyone you know about the campaign, and direct them to GiveBloodToGiveTime.org.

    Feel free to post it on your social media sites and use the hashtag #GiveBloodToGiveTime.

    There is no specific call to action for our Relay For Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and Distinguished events audiences at this time.

  • ACS partners with NFL for Super Bowl LIV

    ACS will once again partner with the NFL and select partners for Super Bowl LIV, which will be held in Miami this Sunday, Feb. 2. 

    Once again, NFL fans, supporters, and the public had an opportunity to enter to win the Super Bowl experience of a lifetime by making a donation of $10 to the American Cancer Society. The winner of this year's sweepstakes is Michelle Gipson, a 15-year Kansas City Chiefs season ticket holder who lost her mom to breast cancer. After discovering she carried the BRCA2 gene mutation, Michelle opted for preventive surgery to reduce her breast cancer risk. She will attend the Feb. 2 Super Bowl in Miami with her husband.

    In addition to the sweepstakes, there will be a full week of activities hosted by ACS in conjunction with several partners, including the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee. These include activations, fundraisers, and events to raise awareness and funds for ACS.

    As the NFL's partner for almost 11 years, ACS will be highlighted throughout the week in a variety of ways. Here's the rundown on ACS promotions and events for Super Bowl LIV: 

    • Crucial Catch Super Bowl Sweepstakes (December 13 – Jan. 26) - As noted above, this year's winner, like last year's, has a strong connection to cancer. Staff were not eligible to participate in this contest. 
    • Super Bowl LIVE Fan Fest (January 25 – February 1) - Located at Bayfront Park, this is the largest free fan fest of the week, with a projected attendance of 1.5 million NFL fans. We will spread awareness through ACS signage and mission-focused Crucial Catch videos that will be aired on the main stage. Point of sale donations will also help raise funds for ACS at concession stands. 
    • Super Bowl 'Radio Row' Ambassadors (January 27-31) - NFL players, legends, and celebrity ambassadors will give interviews about Crucial Catch and our NFL partnership in the Super Bowl media zone headquarters. 
    • Gamers Streaming House (January 30 – February 2) - eSports stars will host a charity stream live from the Gamers Streaming House to encourage viewers to donate to ACS throughout the stream. 
    • Big Game Big Give (February 1) - This invitation-only event for 500 guests will be hosted at a private estate and traditionally raises over $1M for various charities. Our Miami development team is involved in promoting the event to key donors and corporate partners. 
    • Super Bowl Gospel Celebration (airs February 1) - ACS will be the sole charitable partner for the 21st Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, the largest multi-cultural event of Super Bowl weekend. BET Networks air the show several times throughout February. 
    • NFL Honors Awards Show (February 1) - NFL Honors is the National Football League's annual awards show recognizing the NFL's best players, performances, and plays from the current season. We are working to incorporate our celebrity partners into the event.   
    • Celebrity guests (Super Bowl weekend) - Our Super Bowl Sweepstakes winner will meet 'The Masked Singer’s' Ken Jeong and watch the Super Bowl LIV with 'Stranger Things' star Caleb McLaughlin during a VIP weekend experience of a lifetime. More on that here.

    ACS and the NFL have reached more than one million individuals with cancer prevention information, screening education, and patient support, and raised more than $20 million since 2009 to save lives in the fight against cancer. 

    Together we have provided breast cancer screenings to more than 327,000 men and women in underserved communities. Crucial Catch includes prevention and early detection efforts of multiple cancers, and addresses the unequal burden of cancer in underserved communities through the ACS CHANGE grant program currently being conducted in all 32 NFL team markets.

  • Dr. Wender: NELSON trial confirms benefit of lung cancer screening

    ​"The ongoing decline in lung cancer mortality is within our collective grasp."

    The New England Journal of Medicine on Jan. 29 published the results of the Dutch-Belgian lung cancer screening trial (NELSON). The large trial of more than 15,000 men confirmed the findings of the National Lung Screening Trial of the mortality benefit of screening at-risk populations using low dose computed tomographic CT screening, finding a 24% reduction in mortality after 10 years of screening.

    Below is a statement from Richard C. Wender, MD, chief cancer control officer for the American Cancer Society:

    “These long-awaited results from the NELSON lung cancer screening trial make a clear conclusion: lung cancer screening in former or current smokers saves lives. The screened population saw a 26% lower risk of dying from lung cancer.

    “This study of low dose CT scan screening ends any ongoing debate about limited evidence supporting the value of lung cancer screening and provides clear direction for the health care community. Lung cancer screening should become a priority for primary care clinicians, health care systems, insurance plans, and employers. It’s time to develop a new quality measure to help drive a steady increase in screening rates and hold all providers accountable to provide evidence-based, high-quality screening, follow-up, and lung cancer treatment.

    “For too many years, too many lives have been lost to lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer related death in the United States. Despite ACS, USPSTF, and other organization’s guidelines recommending screening, and full coverage by private health insurance and Medicare, the percent of eligible people who have been screened is unacceptably low – under 10%. Now that we have another validating study, showing significant mortality reduction with acceptable risk, it’s time for a coordinated all-out push.

    “With a new screening test and advances in treatment, accelerating the ongoing decline in lung cancer mortality is within our collective grasp. This is a major priority for the American Cancer Society and needs to be a major priority for all.”

  • ACS and Pfizer team up to fight racial disparities in breast cancer deaths

    $2.5 million in grants awarded in nine communities.

    The American Cancer Society and Pfizer have approved grants totaling more than $2.5 million in nine communities focused on reducing racial disparities and helping optimize outcomes for women facing a breast cancer diagnosis. 

    Funded by Pfizer Global Medical Grants and overseen by ACS, the grants are the first in the Integrated Approach to Breast Health Equity Competitive Grant Program, a three-year collaboration working to promote equitable outcomes for all women living with breast cancer.

    In a highly competitive process, each applicant was asked to provide local solutions to local problems across the breast cancer continuum. The awardees will pursue a variety of efforts, from cancer screening to support in cancer survivorship for women who could otherwise go unserved. 

    The awardees chosen for funding beginning in January 2020 are:

    • Georgetown University Medical Center, DC

    • Massachusetts General Hospital, MA

    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC

    • MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, NJ

    • Health Research Incorporated, NY

    • Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton, OH

    • The Ohio State University, OH

    • Rhode Island Department of Health, RI

    • University of Washington, WA

    While breast cancer death rates have decreased consistently since 1989, due to improvements in early detection (through screening as well as increased awareness of symptoms) and treatment, not all women have benefited equally from these advances. In fact, in the most recent period (2013-2017), black women had a breast cancer death rate that was 40% higher than white women, despite having historically lower incidence rates. This disparity is magnified among black women under 50, among whom the death rate is double that of white women. 

    “We know that cancer affects populations differently, including racial and ethnic minority groups bearing an unequal burden of cancer across the United States. Differences in breast cancer mortality among black and white women are particularly striking,” said Laura Makaroff, DO, senior vice president, Prevention and Early Detection, at ACS. “The need to address health disparities in communities across the country is critical. These grants will serve to inform our efforts as we continue the ongoing work of fighting inequity in health and healthcare.”

    Factors contributing to the breast cancer mortality disparity between black and white women include differences in stage of cancer diagnosis, tumor characteristics, and access to timely and high-quality prevention, screening, and treatment.

    “Optimizing care for people living with cancer, regardless of their race, socioeconomic status, geographical location or tumor stage or subtype, is a key priority for us at Pfizer,” said Dany Habr, MD, chief medical officer, Pfizer Oncology. “But, addressing disparities in cancer care can’t be done by one organization or even a few. That is why we are proud to partner with the American Cancer Society on this initiative, and we look forward to seeing the impact of these projects on the breast cancer community.”


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