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Fort Worth City Council votes to ban smoking in bars

On Dec. 12, the City Council in Fort Worth, Texas, voted 8-1 to expand its smoke-free ordinance to include a ban on smoking (including e-cigarettes) in bars and bingo parlors. This is a big win for ACS CAN, which led the effort to educate the community and the City Council on the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.

"Because of the hard work of ACS CAN staff and volunteers, Fort Worth joins more than 80 cities across the state that have implementing comprehensive smoke-free ordinances," said Cam Scott, Texas ACS CAN government relations director. Fort Worth was the only major city in Texas without a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance.

In addition, the new law prohibits retail smoke shops within 300 feet of schools, universities, and hospitals. It still allows smoking in outdoor dining areas and patios of public places, provided the area where smoking is permitted is at least 20 feet from entrances and exits, and private clubs.

The ordinance will take effect on March 12, and ACS CAN will continue to work in Fort Worth to ensure the new ordinance is fully implemented and enforced. 

  • 21st annual meeting of NCCRT includes strategy session to address the increase in incidence of early onset colorectal cancers

    Last week, more than 200 leaders and experts invested in advancing colorectal cancer screening met in Bethesda, MD, at the 21st annual meeting of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT). 

    The event, which closed Dec. 8, is the annual meeting of the NCCRT membership, a collaboration of more than 100 medical, advocacy, government, and corporate organizations focused on delivering quality colorectal cancer screening for those for whom screening is appropriate. Meeting attendees conduct strategic planning to advance shared NCCRT goals, while also highlighting the latest knowledge in colorectal cancer screening practice, research, and policy.

    The themes of urgency and success were constant throughout the two and a half days, with added focus on determining how to ramp up our efforts to reach 80% of adults ages 50 or older screened regularly for colorectal cancer. The meeting featured presentations by nationally known experts, thought leaders, and decision makers on colorectal cancer screening policy and delivery, with ample opportunity to network and learn from fellow attendees. Additionally, pre-conference activity included an all-day strategy session to address the alarming increase in incidence of early onset colorectal cancers, a growing concern for public health leaders. Here is the agenda.

    Other meeting highlights included the opening keynote from Rich Wender, MD, our chief cancer control officer and NCCRT chair, in which he reflected on our progress and challenges in meeting the 80% by 2018 goal; an inspiring call to infuse urgency into our efforts from Erica Sutton, MD, FACS, founder/president, Surgery on Sunday Louisville, Inc.; and a moving reflection on the role that survivors can play in advocacy efforts from Julienne Gede Edwards, stage 1V colorectal cancer survivor and grassroots advocacy manager, Fight Colorectal Cancer.  Plus, in the great tradition of the 80% by 2018 effort, NCCRT members sang the latest colorectal cancer song, "Eighty," to the tune of "Hey Jude."

    The meeting was made possible by the generous support of 22 sponsors who contributed more than $75,350 in sponsorships, surpassing NCCRT's goal of raising $60,000. An additional $20,000 was raised to support the early onset strategy meeting, bringing the total raised to $95,350 overall.

    Find additional highlights on Twitter using the hashtag #NCCRT2017 and visit to learn more.

    PHOTO: Pictured in the smaller image, from left are Mark B. Pochapin, MD, director, Division of Gastroenterology, Sholtz-Leeds Professor of Gastroenterology, and professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center; David Yavin, PhD, president, North America, ‎Medial EarlySign; Gloria D. Coronado, PhD, Mitch Greenlick Endowed Senior Investigator in Health Disparities Research, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, NCCRT Steering Committee; Karen E. Kim, MD, professor of medicine, dean of Faculty Affairs, associate director, Cancer Disparities, the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center; Jason A. Dominitz, MD, MHS, FASGE, AGAF National Program director for Gastroenterology Department of Veterans Affairs, acting GI Section Chief, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, professor of medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, University of Washington School of Medicine.

  • ACS and three partners hold first "Cancer Screen Week"

    Genentech, a member of the Roche Group; the American Cancer Society, Stand Up To Cancer, and Rally Health, launched a new cancer awareness initiative called "Cancer Screen Week."

    The goal is to get Americans to pledge to get their recommended cancer screenings, which can detect cancers early, when they are most treatable.

    This year, "Cancer Screen Week" took place December 4 - 8, and it will occur annually the first week of December.

    Even though about half of all men and a third of all women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, the overall cancer death rate has dropped by 25 percent over the past 20 years. Improvements in cancer screening and earlier detection of cancer have contributed to this progress. 

    "Screening can actually prevent some cancers by finding and treating abnormalities that turn into cancer if left alone," noted Rich Wender, MD, our chief cancer control officer. "'Cancer Screen Week' is a powerful reminder that it is possible to continue reducing cancer's deadly toll through recommended regular screenings."

    "Cancer Screen Week" is an annual call to action for everyone to talk to their doctor and get their recommended cancer screenings, many of which may be covered by insurance.

    Individuals were encouraged to visit to take the pledge to get screened and receive a personalized list of recommended screenings, plus a list of simple actions they can take to help lower their risk for certain types of cancers. People who take the pledge are urged to encourage their family and friends to take the pledge, as well. 

    Employers and providers can visit to find turnkey, customizable campaign materials they can use to promote cancer screenings among their employee and patient populations. 

    "We want to encourage people to take the 'Get Screened Now' pledge to find out what screenings are recommended for them, and then to talk to their doctor about cancer screening," said Adam Bernstein, MD, Sc.D., chief medical officer, Rally Health. "These simple steps might just save their life."

    State proclamations

    To date, governors of Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas signed proclamations declaring the first week of December as "Cancer Screen Week" in their states, reinforcing the importance of cancer screening and early detection for their citizens.

    For more information

    More information is available at, including downloadable and customizable resources, such as a fact sheet, poster, pledge card and appointment reminder card, for insurance providers, employers, healthcare providers, advocates, professional organizations, and people in the community who are interested in participating.

    About our partner sponsors


    Founded 40 years ago, Genentech is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures, and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. The company, a member of the Roche Group, has headquarters in South San Francisco. 

    Rally Health

    Rally Health, Inc. is a consumer-centric digital health company that makes it easy for individuals to take charge of their health and collaborates with health plans, providers, and employers to engage consumers. The company's flagship offering is Rally®, a digital health platform that offers a suite of online and mobile solutions that help consumers manage their health and health care needs: Rally EngageSM focuses on personalized health and well-being support; Rally ChoiceSM is a health benefits marketplace; and Rally ConnectSM offers care provider search and cost transparency. More than 30 million consumers have access to the Rally platform. 

    Stand Up To Cancer

    Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry's resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about cancer prevention as well as progress being made in the fight against the disease.


  • New tools available to support caregivers

    With just over 15.5 million cancer survivors alive in the U.S., it is safe to conclude there are just as many, if not more, family caregivers who have helped them through their cancer experience. 

    There's no question they face unique emotional and physical challenges, from stress and depression to not having the energy for self-care, including their own cancer screenings, so we've made it a priority to better support them. 

    Last fall, we teamed up with the National Cancer Institute to launch a new mobile-friendly website for both those in active treatment and those who have completed treatment. Springboard Beyond Cancer ( contains essential information to help survivors manage ongoing cancer-related symptoms, deal with stress, adopt healthy behaviors, communicate better with their healthcare team, and seek support from friends and family.

    We've expanded this tool to give caregivers some support, too. Through the platform, survivors and caregivers can access information to create personalized Action Decks, collections of information on specific topics, view videos, and link to American Cancer Society content and resources relevant to their particular cancer experiences. Now, caregivers can also access information about what it's like to be a caregiver, caring for mind and body, finding meaning and peace in the caregiver role, and coping with life as a caregiver once treatment ends.

    In addition, thanks to a sponsorship from AARP, we are pleased to present a brand-new Caregiver Resource Guide. PDFs of the chapters are now available at Anyone can access, read, and print these for personal use.

  • Join a newly refreshed Sharing Our Story workshop!

    "What does the American Cancer Society do?" is a question many volunteers are asked every day.  In this 90-minute virtual instructor led session, learners will review key organizational literacy facts and figures that demonstrate the breadth of the work of the American Cancer Society. Participants will have the opportunity to craft their personalized response, and have an opportunity to share and get peer feedback.

    Volunteers are welcome to sign up for a session on the Volunteer Learning Center

    After logging in our creating an account on the Volunteer Learning Center, please click Sharing Our Story right from the homepage under Additional Learning Quick Links.  You can also Click here to go to the course list page. 

    November 11, 20172:00-3:30 p.m. ET
    November 16, 20177:00-8:30 p.m. ET
    November 28, 201710:00-11:30 p.m. ET
    December 4, 20176:00-7:30 p.m. ET
    December 13, 20179:00-10:30 p.m. ET


    More details for joining the sessions will be provided at the time of registration.

    Additional resources can be found by visiting




  • Dr. Wender honored with Lifetime Achievement award by MM&M magazine

    Our Chief Cancer Control Officer Rich Wender, MD, was honored the evening of October 19 with the MM&M Platinum Award for lifetime achievement in cancer control education and awareness. 

    The award ceremony at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City focused on Dr. Wender's leadership of the 80% by 2018 campaign. The magazine's annual awards celebrate creativity and effectiveness in healthcare marketing and communications. 

    In 2014, Dr. Wender guided the launch of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable's (NCCRT) landmark public health campaign, 80% by 2018. Envisioned as a public health campaign to regularly screen 80% of adults age 50 or older for colorectal cancer by 2018, the 80% by 2018 effort quickly gained momentum. Through collaboration with multiple sectors and a commitment to local engagement and leveraging best practices, more than 1,500 organizations in all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC have signed the pledge. 

    Dr. Wender's leadership has been a key driver in making the 80% by 2018 effort one of the most successful public health efforts of its kind in history. He has worked to engage major medical professional societies in the campaign – including the American Academy of Family Physicians. Additionally, he has traveled to more than 30 states since the campaign's launch to connect with and inspire state and local public health experts as they implement tactics within their communities. As a result of his state-level visits, community coalition partners have described a "Dr. Wender effect" – a wave of momentum that energizes, motivates, and inspires action after his local speaking engagements.

    Prior to being named as the Society's first-ever chief cancer control officer in 2013, Dr. Wender provided extensive volunteer leadership at the organization's state and local levels. In 2006, he was elected national president of the Society, becoming the first primary care physician to serve in this capacity. Prior to joining the Society's staff, he was the alumni professor and chair of the department of family and community medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Collaborating with many local partners, his department worked tirelessly to improve the health of all Philadelphians, including building programs for homeless individuals and refugees. Dr. Wender has provided primary care family medicine at Thomas Jefferson University for close to 40 years, and continues to provide patient care to this day.

    We are so proud of you, Dr. Wender!

    About MM&M

    MM&M, first published in 1966 as Medical Marketing & Media, produces a mix of online breaking news and analysis combined with monthly print features for an executive audience of leaders and thinkers who work in pharma, medical device, diagnostics, and greater healthcare marketing. MM&M also develops annual conferences and live and virtual events, and it runs the industry's premier awards program, the MM&M Awards, which celebrates creativity and effectiveness in healthcare marketing. It is a product of Haymarket Media Group, which also publishes Campaign, PRWeek, and DMN.

  • United Arab Emirates embassy in D.C. celebrates two firsts - an Arabic version of The Cancer Atlas and its first Relay For Life event

    On Oct. 18,  the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassy in Washington, DC, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, hosted an event to celebrate the release in this country of the inaugural edition of The Cancer Atlas in Arabic -- as well as celebrate the UAE's upcoming Relay For Life event.

    The Cancer Atlas is a comprehensive guide that consolidates research from 185 countries, outlining the global cancer landscape. The Cancer Atlas is used by cancer control advocates, governments, private and public health agencies and policy makers, as well as patients, survivors, and the general public, in order to promote cancer prevention and control worldwide. 

    Healthcare  leaders and senior diplomats also gathered to celebrate the UAE's first Relay For Life event, happening in November. The 24-hour event will raise funds to support cancer patients and their families in the UAE, and is being organized by the Sharjah-based Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP) Society in collaboration with the ACS. The FoCP launched the Arabic version of The Cancer Atlas in the UAE in November 2016.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the number of annual cancer diagnoses in the Middle East in the next two decades will nearly double. The UAE is working closely with international healthcare organizations to implement preventative measures, increase early detection of the disease, and facilitate world-class treatment in the country and broader region. 

    Ahmedin Jemal, DVM, PhD, the lead author of The Cancer Atlas and our vice president, Surveillance and Health Services Research, said the new edition would give access of knowledge and prevention tactics to Arabic speakers who wouldn’t have it otherwise. He also said it would “reduce the gap between the have and the have nots” in terms of awareness and knowledge about cancer.

    ACS Board Chair Arnold M. Baskies, MD, who served on a panel discussion at the event, said the UAE's new tax on tobacco and sugary drinks will contribute to the fight against cancer.  Both obesity and diabetes are critical challenges for the UAE population in preventing cancer.

    Dr. Baskies suggested that the widespread smoking of shisha, popular in the UAE, across the Middle East and North Africa and even in the U.S., will come into sharp focus. “We learned the hard way how to stand up to the tobacco industry in this country [the U.S.] and other countries are now learning it,” he said.

    The rapid development of the UAE coupled with rising living standards has been linked to a rise in lifestyle-related diseases, including a diet often reliant on highly processed food.

    While breast cancer remains the biggest killer in women, colorectal cancer is on the rise in both sexes, largely due to a drastic change in diet. Health Authority Abu Dhabi figures show, colorectal cancer is now the most common form of the disease in men, and fourth on the list for women, behind cancer of the breast, thyroid, and cervix. 

    UAE Ambassador to the U.S. Yousef Al Otaiba emphasized the importance of partnering with leading global institutions, like ACS, to help educate the public and raise funds to fight against cancer. 

    "With over 4,500 people diagnosed each year, cancer is one of the leading causes of premature death in the UAE," Ambassador Al Otaiba remarked. "By working with organizations like ACS, healthcare professionals in the UAE can give physicians and regulators better tools to educate the public about this terrible disease, encourage more regular screening and early detection, and raise much needed funds to support patients and families." 

    The event included a panel discussion which outlined the UAE's developing healthcare system and public health initiatives, such as its cancer awareness and prevention efforts. The panel was moderated by Ambassador Sally G. Cowal, senior vice president of Global Cancer Control at ACS, and panelists included, Dr. Baskies, MD, ACS Board chair; Tomislav Mihaljevic, incoming Cleveland Clinic CEO and president; and Ahmedin Jemal, DVM, PhD, the lead author of The Cancer Atlas and our vice president, Surveillance and Health Services Research.

    The ACS began its relationship with the UAE through a partnership with The FoCP Society in 2014. FoCP is a non-profit organization located in the Emirate of Sharjah, dedicated to raising cancer awareness and providing medical assistance to improve the quality of life of those affected by cancer. ACS's partnership with FoCP led to the translation of The Cancer Atlas into Arabic, as well as the UAE's first Relay For Life.

    The UAE seeks to become a major center for world-class health care in the Middle East, for not only its own residents, but also for those in the region. The UAE has partnered with many leading global institutions to help in developing its healthcare system. Panelist Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD, who previously held the position as head of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, outlined how the UAE is capitalizing on its strong strategic relationship with U.S. healthcare institutions to bring expert care to the country and region. 

    "Cleveland Clinic is extremely proud to provide world-class care in the United Arab Emirates and help patients facing serious medical conditions at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi," said Dr. Mihaljevic. "I commend the UAE government for their commitment to enhance cancer services in the region that will enable patients to receive clinical excellence close to home."

    Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) opened in Abu Dhabi in 2015, bringing some of the world's best surgeons to the UAE.

    The Tobacco Atlas, which researchers from ACS help author, was first published in Arabic in 2013.

    PHOTOS: Pictured in the top photo from left: Sally Cowal, Dr. Baskies, Tomislav Mihaljevic, and Ahmedin Jemal. Pictured in the smaller image is our CEO Gary Reedy with Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE ambassador to the U.S. 

  • Two weeks left in the Chevrolet #IDriveFor campaign

    ​There are just over two weeks left in the Chevrolet #IDriveFor social media campaign in support of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. For every Tweet or Instagram post using #IDriveFor in the month of October, Chevrolet will donate $5 (up to $400,000). 

    You can help by tweeting, posting to Instagram, and asking your social networks to do the same! Get online and share who you are driving for this October! 

    Below are some suggested posts.

    • Post on Twitter using one of the below sample tweets: 
      • #IDriveFor a world free from the pain & suffering of #breastcancer. RT @Chevrolet will contribute $5 with every use of #IDriveFor. 
      • Share the drive against #breastcancer by retweeting. @Chevrolet will contribute $5 with every use of #IDriveFor. 
    • Post on Instagram using the below sample message. Note: You must update your privacy settings in Instagram in order for posts to count toward this promotion. Visit this site for details on how to make this change.
      • #IDriveFor _________. When it comes to fighting #breastcancer, no one should have to do it alone. @Chevrolet will make a $5 contribution to @AmericanCancerSociety for every use of #IDriveFor. [Instructions: Insert who drives you to raise awareness of breast cancer and add a picture of them – ex: My Mom, My GrandMa, My Sister, etc.] 

    This is such an easy way to help ACS raise money and it takes just a minute to post a message. You can post as often as you like.

  • Mothers of the Year Luncheon honors Hoda Kotb and NYC breast cancer surgeon

    On Oct. 16, the American Cancer Society hosted the 22nd Annual Mothers of the Year Luncheon at The St. Regis Roof in New York City.

    The 2017 Mothers of the Year Honorees are breast cancer survivor Hoda Kotb, co-host of the fourth hour of NBC's TODAY Show, who adopted a baby girl in February, and Susan K. Boolbol, MD, FACS, chief of the Division of Breast Surgery and chief of the Appel-Venet Comprehensive Breast Service at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Ms. Kotb's award was presented by her TODAY Show co-host Kathie Lee Gifford, while Dr. Boolbol's award was presented by her children, MacKenzie and Emma.

    This year's Luncheon included a special performance by Carolee Carmello, an American actress and three-time Tony Award nominee, who sang "Road to Recovery," written by David Friedman and Kathie Lee Gifford. 

    The Mothers of the Year Luncheon is supported by prominent members of New York City's social and philanthropic community, and is one of the American Cancer Society's signature events in Manhattan. 

    The Luncheon was created in 1995 to shine a spotlight in recognition of the outstanding accomplishments of mothers, their extraordinary community service efforts, and contributions to cancer control. Since the event's inception, the Mothers of the Year Luncheon has raised more than $5 million for the fight against cancer. 

    Previous Mothers of the Year honorees include: former First Lady of New York Libby Pataki; Katie Couric; Paula Zahn; Vera Wang; Kathie Lee Gifford; Susan Bloomberg; Anne and Charlotte Ford; Carolina Herrera; Sarah Ferguson Duchess of York; Cynthia Lufkin; Ann Curry; Tory Burch; Grace Hightower De Niro; Muffie Potter Aston; Anne Hearst McInerney; Deborah Norville; and Rosanna, Marion and Elaina Scotto. Last year's event honored Dr. Laura Forese, Karen Walsh, and the life of Suzanne Wright.

    The event began with cocktails at 11:45 a.m. followed by lunch and the awards presentation at 12:30 p.m. Tickets began at $500 and table sponsorship packages at $5,000. Social media users can follow the event using #MOTY2017 or by following @CancerNYNJ on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

    PHOTOS: Top photo, from left, Kathie Lee Gifford, co-host of the fourth hour of NBC's TODAY Show; Kris Kim, EVP, Field Operations, Northeast Region; Arnold Baskies, MD, chair of the Board of Directors; and honoree Hoda Kotb. Smaller image, from left, Lainie Jones, senior development manager, Distinguished Events, who managed the event; and MacKenzie, Emma, and their mom, honoree Susan Boolbol, MD.

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