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We Can Survive concert to benefit ACS; lineup includes Taylor Swift

​ACS has been named the beneficiary of the 7th Annual We Can Survive concert being held at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, October 19. 

The concert will feature performances by Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Jonas Brothers, Lizzo, Marshmello, and Becky G with a percentage of the ticket sales supporting our breast cancer work.

DJ, record producer, and internet personality Marshmello, will be selling exclusive merchandise at the concert and online with a percentage of the proceeds going to ACS. You can buy yours here starting October 17.

In addition, ACS will be the beneficiary of a national radio-a-thon in more than 20 markets on October 23 (see list below). The concert and surrounding opportunities will extend the reach of our brand and build relevance with a new demographic. 

Radio-A-Thon Stations*

  • Atlanta STAR 94.1 WSTR-FM 
  • Austin MIX 94.7 KAMX-FM
  • Baltimore MIX 106.5 WWMX-FM 
  • Boston MIX 104.1 WWBX-FM
  • Buffalo STAR 102.5 WTSS-FM
  • Charlotte 107.9 THE LINK WLNK-FM
  • Cleveland Q104 WQAL-FM
  • Denver ALICE 105.9 KALC-FM
  • Hartford 96.5 TIC FM WTIC-FM 
  • Houston MIX 96.5 KHMX-FM
  • Kansas City 99.7 THE POINT KZPT-FM
  • Los Angeles 97.1 AMP RADIO KAMP-FM
  • Las Vegas MIX 94.1 KMXB-FM
  • Madison MIX 105.1 WMHX-FM
  • Memphis FM 100 WMC-FM
  • Milwaukee 99.1 THE MIX WMYX-FM
  • New York NEW 102.7 FM WNEW-FM
  • Norfolk 94.9 THE POINT WPTE-FM 94.9
  • Orlando MIX 105.1 WOMX-FM 
  • Pittsburgh 100.7 STAR WBZZ-FM 
  • Portland 105.1 THE BUZZ  KRSK-FM
  • San Francisco ALICE @ 97.3 KLLC-FM
  • St. Louis Y98 KYKY-FM
  • Wichita 105.3 THE BUZZ KFBZ-FM       
* Stations may be subject to change

  • Expert panel stresses importance of physical activity in cancer prevention, treatment and control

    Individualized exercise Rx can improve survival and side effects, lower risks

    Today, three papers were published that summarize the outcomes of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Roundtable on Exercise and Cancer Prevention and Control held March 12-13, 2018, in San Francisco. The message is clear: exercise should be considered a prescription for health.

    “These recommendations are designed to help cancer patients incorporate physical activity into their recuperation, and they’re an important reminder that all adults should strive to be as physically active as their abilities allow for cancer prevention,” said Alpa Patel, PhD, our senior scientific director of epidemiology research, who is an ACSM fellow and served on the executive committee of the Roundtable. She is also co-author of all three papers.

    Together, the three publications offer new evidence-backed recommendations for incorporating exercise into prevention and treatment plans and introduce a new Moving Through Cancer initiative to help clinicians worldwide implement these recommendations.

    Below are key points of each paper:

    American College of Sports Medicine Roundtable Report on Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior and Cancer Prevention and Control (published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, ACSM’s flagship research journal)

    • Globally, an estimated 18.1 million individuals were diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and 9.6 million individuals died from the disease. Given the high direct and indirect costs related to the cancer burden, there is an increasing need to understand how modifiable behaviors like physical activity may help prevent and control cancer.

    • In the last decade, there has been an accumulation of evidence linking physical activity to lower risk of seven types of cancer (colon, breast, kidney, endometrium, bladder, stomach, and esophageal adenocarcinoma).

    • Physical activity before and after a breast, colorectal, or prostate cancer diagnosis is beneficial for survival. Additional studies of other cancer survivors are needed. 

    • Approximately one-fourth of adults worldwide are physically inactive. While the optimal dose of physical activity needed for cancer prevention is still unclear, being physically active is one of the most important steps people of all ages and abilities can take for cancer prevention, treatment, and control. 

    • Emerging evidence supports that prolonged sitting time may increase risk of some types of cancer (endometrial, lung, and colon cancer), but there is insufficient evidence to draw clear conclusions for most cancer types at this time.

    Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors: Consensus Statement from International Multidisciplinary Roundtable (published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, ACSM’s flagship research journal)

    • There are now more than 16.9 million cancer survivors in the U.S. – a figure expected to double by 2040. Improved prognosis has created a growing need to address the unique health issues facing cancer survivors that result from the disease, its treatment, and related concurrent conditions.

    • Exercise has been regarded as a safe and helpful way for cancer survivors to lessen the impact of cancer treatment on their physical and mental health, but the precise type and amount of exercise needed hasn’t been clear. In the absence of this information, cancer survivors were advised to strive toward meeting the general public health guidelines for all Americans – an amount of physical activity that may be difficult for people to achieve during or following cancer treatment.

    • A new review of the research by experts has led to updated exercise guidelines to create specific “exercise prescriptions” to address different health outcomes. These prescriptions are part of a movement to use “Exercise Medicine” for the prevention and management of chronic illnesses, like cancer. 

    • These evidence-based exercise prescriptions, along with additional guidance for exercise screening and testing, can be used by fitness professionals, rehabilitation specialists, health care providers, and community educators to design and deliver exercise programs that best meet the needs, preferences, and abilities of people with cancer. 

    • In general, the prescription is to perform exercise three times weekly, including aerobic and resistance training, for approximately 30 minutes per session, and to use sun protection when exercising outdoors.

    • Continued research will allow the use of exercise medicine in cancer to expand and be integrated into standard of care.

    Exercise Is Medicine in Oncology: Engaging Clinicians to Help Patents Move Through Cancer (published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, a flagship journal of the American Cancer Society)

    • The ‘why’ of exercise oncology is increasingly clear. The evidence base supporting the use of exercise for cancer prevention and treatment of cancer health related outcomes among those living with and beyond cancer has grown exponentially in the past decade.

    • The ‘how’ is less clear: How do we translate this increasingly robust evidence base into practice?

    • There are many challenges to translating this evidence base into practice, which can be summarized into a few basic areas:   awareness, training, infrastructure, programming, policy, funding, and sustainability.

    • ACSM started a new initiative, Moving Through Cancer, to address these areas.

    • To start, we recommend using the assess, advise, refer rubric at the center of the Exercise Is Medicine initiative as an ‘easy win’ for oncology clinicians to get their patients moving. The pre-made prescription pad for this approach is easily downloaded at

    • Moving Through Cancer and ACSM offer several resources to support those living with and beyond cancer:

    1. Handouts for patients and clinicians
    2. Printable prescription pad with the exercise prescription form paper pre-filled
    3. A certification for rehabilitation and fitness professionals, called the Cancer Exercise Trainer, developed in collaboration with the American Cancer Society
    4. A global, searchable registry of programs for people living with and beyond cancer

    The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) convened the roundtable of experts from 17 partner organizations, which included ACS and the National Cancer Institute (part of the National Institutes of Health), to review the latest scientific evidence and offer recommendations about the benefits of exercise for prevention, treatment, recovery, and improved survival. 

    Other partner organizations include: American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, American Physical Therapy Association, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities, German Union for Health Exercise, Exercise and Sport Science Australia, Macmillan Cancer Support, National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Royal Dutch Society for Physical Therapy, Society of Behavioral Medicine, Society of Surgical Oncology, and Sunflower Wellness.

  • Pennies add up to big impact for Lyft riders

    This week, we will once again be a charity of choice in the Lyft ride share app, which allows the nearly 30 million Lyft riders the opportunity to round-up their change on each ride, ultimately improving access to care for patients in need.

    The Lyft "Round Up & Donate" campaign is evolving into a year-long integrated partnership that goes beyond a round-up donation opportunity to allow more Lyft riders to make a difference in the lives of those who do not have transportation to the critical care they need.

    Specifically, the expanded campaign is expected to generate approximately $1 million in support of our transportation program, which equates to 20,000 free rides to treatment over the next year.

    In the last two years, ACS has arranged for more than 150,000 Lyft rides in 11 markets to supplement its existing Road To Recovery program. Additionally, in 2017, ACS was the beneficiary of a month-long "Round Up & Donate" campaign that earned nearly $40,000.

    Pennies add up to a big impact, and it's easy! Here's how it's done:

    • Riders simply select ACS as their charity of choice via the Lyft app.
    • They opt in to "Round Up & Donate" through the "Donate" button in the "Menu."
    • Once ACS is selected as the designated charity, Lyft automatically rounds up the change on each fare.

  • The Cancer Atlas, Third Edition, unveiled Oct. 16 at the World Cancer Leaders' Summit in Kazakhstan.

    Highlights patterns and inequities in cancer burden around the world

    The Cancer Atlas aims to open readers' eyes to the facts and figures of cancer: the scale and magnitude globally, the major causes, and the different ways the disease can be prevented and treated. This theme of the current edition is "Access Creates Progress," drawing attention not only to the problem at hand, but also the means of tackling the cancer burden through access to information and services. 

    It is grouped into three sections: Risk Factors, The Burden, and Taking Action:

    RISK FACTORS highlights regional and international variations in many of the major risk factors for cancer, including tobacco use, infections, excess body weight, and ultraviolet radiation. Tobacco smoking continues to be the predominant cause of cancer in most high-income countries, while infections still play a major role in many sub-Saharan African and Asian countries. The importance of excess body weight as a major risk factor for cancer continues to escalate in most parts of the world, including many economically transitioning countries.

    THE BURDEN describes the geographic diversity in cancer occurrence worldwide and, in separate chapters, for each of the major world regions. This burden is also described in terms of the national Human Development Index, the primary measure of a country's societal and economic development used in this book. Profiles of cancer survival and cancer survivorship are expanded in this third edition, and global cancer survival statistics are presented for the first time in print, while pressing issues such as the financial burden of cancer are highlighted. A new chapter on cancer in Indigenous populations describes the specific challenges facing these underserved populations around the world.

    The final section, TAKING ACTION, describes major interventions across the cancer continuum, from the prevention of risk factors to early detection, treatment, and palliative care, highlighting disparities in the availability and implementation of these interventions across the world. It also portrays the multiple organizations working in cancer control and the importance of policies and legislation and building synergies between diseases and health systems for broad implementation of known interventions. In this edition, a new chapter on universal health care and "Access Creates Progress" text boxes in chapters throughout the book highlight successful strategies to address the cancer burden.

    The Cancer Atlas and its accompanying interactive website ( were carefully designed to ensure user-friendly, accessible, and downloadable descriptions and graphics can be easily used by cancer control advocates, government and private public health agencies, and policymakers, as well as patients, survivors, and the general public.  

    The report was produced by ACS, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), and International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). It was released Oct. 16 at the World Cancer Leaders Summit in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. 

    Two of its four editors are ACS staffers: Ahmedin Jemal, DVM, PhD, scientific VP of our Surveillance & Health Services Research Program, and Lindsey Torre, MSPH, an epidemiologist in the Surveillance and Health Services Research group.

    Highlights of the 3rd Edition: 

    • Cancer is the leading or second-leading cause of premature death (under age 70) in 91 countries worldwide.  Based on expected population growth and aging alone, the number of global cancer cases is expected to increase by 60% in 2040. More widespread distribution of lifestyle factors such as smoking, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity are likely to make that number considerably larger. 
    • Tobacco causes more preventable cancer deaths than any other risk factor. In 2017 alone, smoking was responsible for an estimated 2.3 million cancer deaths globally, accounting for 24% of all cancer deaths. There are still 1.1 billion smokers worldwide. Progress in tobacco control legislation over the last decade means 1.5 billion people in 55 countries are now protected by smoke-free legislation. 
    • While infectious agents are responsible for an estimated 15% of all new cancer cases worldwide, the proportion ranges from around 4% in many very high-income countries to more than 50% in several sub-Saharan African countries. The four major infectious agents (which together account for more than 90% of all infection-related cancers) are Helicobacter pylori, human papillomavirus (HPV), hepatitis B virus (HBV) , and hepatitis C virus (HCV) . 
    • Excess body weight increases risk of 13 types of cancer, and in 2012 accounted for 3.6% of all new cancer cases among adults worldwide. The prevalence of excess body weight is rising worldwide: in 2016, an estimated 39% of men and 40% of women aged 18 years and older, and 27% of boys and 24% of girls aged 5–18 years, were obese. High amounts of sugar-sweetened beverages and sedentary behaviors, including screen-time, increase risk of excess body weight.  
    • The cancer burden associated with unhealthy diet, excess body weight, and physical inactivity is expected to grow in most parts of the world, particularly in parts of the Middle East and several other low- and middle-income countries in parts of Asia and Oceania because of the obesity epidemic. 
    • Alcohol is responsible for 4.2% of all cancer deaths globally, with marked variation across countries.  
    • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in almost all countries worldwide, and accounts for almost one in four new cancer cases among women. Lifetime risk of breast cancer among females in high-income countries can be up to three times that in low-income countries. 
    • Each year, about 270,000 cancer cases are diagnosed in children. Today, 5-year survival from childhood cancer in high-income countries is greater than 80%, but it can be as low as 20% in low-income countries. With interventions to improve early diagnosis and adherence to appropriate treatment, childhood cancer survival can be increased to 60% in low-income countries, saving almost 1 million children's lives over a decade. 
    • Over the next half century, an estimated 44 million cervical cancer cases will occur worldwide if current trends continue. Effective delivery of combined high coverage screening and vaccination could avert over 13 million cervical cancer cases by 2069, and eventually lead to cervical cancer eliminated as a major public health problem. 
    • Approximately 3 to 6% of all cancers worldwide are caused by exposures to carcinogens in the workplace. 
    • Outdoor air pollution causes over half a million lung cancer deaths and millions of deaths from other diseases each year. Outdoor air pollution levels are particularly high in rapidly-growing cities in low- and middle-income countries. Diesel exhaust, classified as a lung carcinogen by IARC, contributes to outdoor air pollution and is also an occupational lung carcinogen. 
    • Radiotherapy is indicated for about 60% of cancer patients to relieve symptoms, shrink tumors before surgery, or kill remaining cancer cells after surgery to avoid recurrence. Radiotherapy coverage is less than optimal in many low- and middle-income countries. In Ethiopia, for example, a population of approximately 100 million is served by a single radiotherapy center. 
    • The growing number of cancer survivors represents a global challenge for survivors and their families, employers, healthcare systems, and governments. In 2018, there were approximately 43.8 million cancer survivors diagnosed within the previous 5 years. Many cancer survivors face late and lasting medical, emotional, and social challenges resulting in 7.8 million years lived with disability globally in 2017.

  • ACS study: difficulty navigating insurance linked to financial hardship

    ​A new American Cancer Society study links health insurance literacy with medical financial hardship as well as non-medical financial sacrifices among adult cancer survivors in the U.S. 

    The authors say the study indicates that health insurance literacy may be an important intervention for addressing financial problems associated with cancer. 

    "Is Health Insurance Literacy Associated with Financial Hardship Among Cancer Survivors? Findings from a National Sample in the United States," appears in JNCI Cancer Spectrum.

    Rising costs of cancer care can result in financial hardship for cancer survivors, even among those with health insurance. Meanwhile, growing evidence indicates that many adults have limited knowledge, ability, and confidence to obtain, evaluate, and use health insurance information that may impact the ability to best use health benefits and lead to unnecessary medical spending.

    Improving health insurance literacy has been proposed as a potential intervention to help minimize financial hardship. To date, however, little is known about the associations between health insurance literacy and medical financial hardship and non-medical financial sacrifices in cancer survivors.

    To learn more, investigators led by Jingxuan Zhao, MPH, of the American Cancer Society, identified 914 adult cancer survivors from the 2016 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Experiences with Cancer self-administered questionnaire, a nationally representative household survey overseen by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The survey addresses financial hardship, health insurance coverage, and access to care related to cancer, its treatment, and lasting effects of treatment.

    Health insurance literacy was measured by the question, “Did you ever have a problem understanding health insurance or medical bills related to your cancer, its treatment, or the lasting effects of that treatment?” Medical financial hardship was measured by reports of problems paying medical bills, worry about paying medical bills, and delaying or foregoing care because of cost. Non-medical financial sacrifices were measured by changes in spending, living situation, or use of savings.

    They found that, adult cancer survivors aged 18-64 and ≥65 years with health insurance literacy problems were more likely to report any material hardship (18-64 years: odds ratio: 3.02; ≥65 years: odds ratio: 3.33), and more likely to report psychological hardship (18-64 years: odds ratio: 5.53; ≥65 years: odds ratio: 8.79) than those without the literacy problems. Cancer survivors with health insurance literacy problems were also more likely to report all types of non-medical financial sacrifices and more likely to report any financial sacrifices than those without the problems (18-64 years: odds ratio: 9.90; ≥65 years: odds ratio: 2.12).

    "Growing evidence suggests that health insurance literacy is a nationwide problem in the United States, and is associated with adverse effects,” write the authors, saying future longitudinal studies are warranted to assess if improving health insurance literacy can mitigate financial hardship. “Interventions such as financial and health insurance navigation, decision aids, and more user-friendly and easier-to-read medical bills, which improve patients understanding of health insurance and medical costs, could potentially be applied to improve health insurance literacy and benefit cancer survivors.”

  • ​Relay For Life fall fundraising challenge is on!

    Raise $200 by Nov. 15 and be rewarded with a long-sleeve T-shirt

    Here's how the challenge works: 

    • Participants are eligible to receive the super soft long-sleeve T-shirt if they raise $200 from the time their 2020 website launches until Friday, November 15.
    • This is open to offline and online donations made via your event website, your Relay For Life Facebook Fundraiser (through Relay Dashboard), or the ACS FUNdraising App. To be counted, all offline donations need to be credited by Friday, November 15, 2019, at 11:50 p.m. CST. 
    • Once a participant meets the challenge by raising $200 by 11/15, it could take up to 5 days to receive their redemption email.

    Here's how you can help: 

    • If you have not joined a Relay For Life team, join today!
    • Since word-of-mouth is our most powerful tool, discuss the challenge with fellow volunteers, friends, and family,  encouraging them to register and begin fundraising. 
    • Kick into high gear by using Facebook Fundraiser – through your Relay dashboard – and our FUNdraising App so you can more easily get and track donations.

    Special thanks to our challenge sponsor - Mercury Insurance.

  • Celebrity influencers encourage fans to “Get #YOUnited” in the fight against breast cancer

    The celebrity teams are DJ Khaled’s “We The Best,” French Montana & Nalie Agustin’s “Team Unforgettable,” Jhenè Aiko & Kerby Jean-Raymond’s “Team Yagi-san,” and Kristin Chenoweth’s “For the Girls”

    For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have teamed up with celebrity ambassadors to encourage their families, friends, fans, and followers to join the fight by purchasing celebrity-designed merchandise and donating to ACS.

    With this new campaign, we have engaged with producer DJ Khaled; multi-platinum artist and global philanthropist French Montana; three-time Grammy nominated artist Jhenè Aiko; and singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth.

    While hundreds of thousands of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer participants will be rallying in their local communities throughout the month of October, these influencers will leverage their celebrity platform to promote the “YOUnited” theme on social media.

    Each celebrity ambassador filmed a “Get #YOUnited” compelling PSA and designed an exclusive team T-shirt in support of breast cancer patients, survivors, and those affected by the disease. Net proceeds from shirt sales and all donations benefit ACS. People are encouraged to wear their team shirts to one of more than than 200 Making Strides walks near them to further support the cause.

    Khaled, Montana, Aiko and Chenoweth have all been affected by cancer.

    “Someone near and dear to me was recently affected by breast cancer. I had to step up and do my part," said Khaled.

    Aiko's team - Team Yagi-san - is named in memory of her brother. “It's an honor to work with the ACS again. . . I partnered with my good friend Kerby Jean-Raymond to design something special.”

    Chenoweth said: “I’ve been very open about the important people in my life that have been affected by breast cancer. My mom has survived it several times, my aunt is a survivor, and several close friends of mine went through their cancer journey. Anytime I can support those in this fight, I will.”

    To learn more about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, visit

    To purchase a T-shirt from the celebrity team of your choosing, visit

  • ACS creates Center for Cancer Screening

    One goal is to attract funding for research and development focused on cancer screening

    We are proud to announce the establishment of the American Cancer Society Center for Cancer Screening. This new Center (not a physical structure) will build on the organization’s long history of advancing the importance of evidence-based early cancer detection and advocating for high-quality cancer screening. 

    The Center also will enhance collaboration within the organization and with outside experts and organizations engaged in research, practice, and policy related to cancer screening. Although no new staff hiring is planned at this time, the Center will invite some internal staff and external experts who have an interest in cancer screening research, practice, and policy to be affiliated with it.

    Since 1980, ACS has regularly published evidence-based cancer screening guidelines, educated health professionals and the public about the importance of regular cancer screening, influenced health insurance coverage, and supported efforts to improve the quality of cancer screening. ACS has also conducted important research on cancer screening. 

    Now, the ACS Center for Cancer Screening will increase our reach and impact. The Center will be directed by Robert Smith, PhD, senior vice president of cancer screening (pictured here). Bob is a longtime ACS leader with more than 30 years of experience in cancer screening.

    “We believe the Center will strengthen the development and promotion of ACS screening guidelines by fostering more timely updates of established screening recommendations, as well as staying on top of emerging evidence that may lead to new screening recommendations. One of the principal goals of the Center is to strengthen internal and external collaborations on screening research and policy,” said Bob. “The Center will also increase our long-standing emphasis on the quality of cancer screening tests and follow-up, attract funding for research and development focused on cancer screening, and be the home of the National Lung Cancer Roundtable, which was established in 2017 to make an impact on death from lung cancer,” he said.

    Rich Wender, MD, chief cancer control officer added: “The creation of the Center will increase our visibility and allow us to foster relationships with other guideline development organizations and screening experts.”

  • "Health Equity Through The Cancer Lens" webinar recording now available

    Working together with our volunteers, the American Cancer Society has made great progress in reducing cancer deaths. However, disparities still exist in communities. 

    To eliminate those disparities and save more lives from cancer, we must continue to work together to advance health equity so that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. 

    View the replay of our Sept. 5 "Health Equity Through The Cancer Lens" webinar. It explains how ACS defines health equity, the drivers of health inequities, and our current health equity work. The presenters are Rich Wender, MD, our chief cancer control officer, and Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH, senior vice president of Healthy Communities, The California Endowment.

    We will continue to share more ways to learn about health equity and how volunteers can help. 

    For answers to questions, please contact

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