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If you never signed up for AmazonSmile, now is the time!

​From March 12  - 31, Amazon is tripling the amount donated to ACS for first-time AmazonSmile shoppers. That means when new AmazonSmile users shop on Amazon during that time, 1.5% of their first purchase will be donated to ACS. Sign up here!

Once you have selected the Society as the beneficiary, save the page as a favorite or simply type in instead of when you go shopping. It is so easy!

Every time you shop outside of this special promotion period, Amazon will give ACS  0.5% of what you spend to ACS. It may not sound like a lot – but it adds up quickly thanks to thousands who shop AmazonSmile every day. For details, read Amazon's Q&A about AmazonSmile.

And, if you did already sign up for AmazonSmile but never used it, now is the time to begin! Your first purchase is included in this promotion.

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Amazon shoppers, if you haven’t used AmazonSmile when purchasing, now is the time! @AmazonSmile will triple the amount donated to @AmericanCancerSociety on your first purchase when you select ACS as your charity.


If you haven’t used AmazonSmile, now is the time! @AmazonSmile will triple the donation to @AmericanCancer on your first purchase when you select ACS as your charity.

  • Introducing American Cancer Society Vital Statistics

    ​Have you ever wanted to quote the number of cancer survivors in the U.S., the number of Relay For Life events we have, or perhaps the number of Hope Lodges we operate, but didn't because you were unsure of the number?

    No doubt a fact or two has eluded all of us. But now, thanks to the work of many staff members, we have ONE document we can turn to for answers: American Cancer Society Vital Statistics.

    This document is the authoritative source for frequently used ACS and cancer statistics for all staff. It will help ensure accuracy and consistency and help protect our reputation as a fact-based organization. Remember, one of our new core values is integrity: driven by truth, ethics, and fact of science.

    Statistics help staff demonstrate our impact, and it's imperative that we get them right. No guessing or estimating!

    Because this is a "living" document, meaning it will be updated regularly, it's important to bookmark the resource rather than print it out. 

    A companion piece to Vital Statistics is the ACS Brand Strategy: Elevator Pitch and Proof Points, created to explain the A-B-C-D of attacking cancer from every angle.

  • March Madness and the 2018 NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament is underway!

    Coaches vs. Cancer® is teaming up once again with Infiniti to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Through Infiniti's Round by Round Bracket Challenge, the Society will receive a donation for every bracket completed in each round of the tournament. Sign up now!

    Infiniti will donate up to $700,000 to the Society, and we need your help to make sure we meet that goal. Please participate in the Infiniti bracket challenge by completing a bracket each week, and help spread the word to your friends, family, and volunteers through your own social media networks.

    If you've done this before, you already have a username and password. If you are new to this, you must register here.

    The bracket challenge runs through April 4. Read the rules and prize information.

    Deadlines for submitting your picks for each Round of the Sweepstakes are as follows:

    • First Round: Thursday, March 15, 11 a.m. ET - CLOSED
    • Second Round (opening soon), Saturday, March 17, 11:55 a.m. ET
    • Sweet Sixteen, Thursday, March 22, 6:55 p.m ET
    • Elite Eight, Saturday, March 24, 4:25 p.m. ET
    • Final Four, Saturday, March 31, 5:55 p.m. ET
    • Championship, Monday, April 2, 8:55 p.m. ET

    For each game, select the team you think is going to win by simply clicking on the team name. You must enter your projected winners for all games in a given Round. You will receive one point for each team you correctly pick to win. Be patient - rounds may not be open when you visit the site, so keep checking back! 

    The Final Four will take place in San Antonio March 31 - April 2. Coaches vs. Cancer will have a big presence there. More coming on that soon!

  • ACS CAN applauds FDA intent to curb cigarette smoking through reduced nicotine levels

    Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced on March 15 an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) aimed at reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes to levels that no longer cause or sustain addiction.  

    A statement from ACS CAN president Chris Hansen follows: 

    “We applaud Commissioner Gottlieb for taking deliberate action to address the leading cause of preventable disease and death in this country – an addiction that is still killing more than 480,000 Americans every year. Such an action is a game changer that could transform the marketplace. 

    “If based on thorough science and understanding, the reduction of nicotine to a non-addictive level in combustible tobacco products could enable the millions of tobacco users who want to quit to do so far more easily. In the case of new smokers—most of whom are children and adolescents—it could prevent addiction from the outset.

    “Research into the science of nicotine addiction and consumer behavior highlights that the cigarette industry has long engineered and manipulated its products to enhance addictiveness by more effectively targeting the brains and central nervous systems of consumers. 

    ACS CAN strongly advocates that maximum levels of nicotine be set for all combustible tobacco products, not just cigarettes. Such an action can prevent tobacco industry manipulation of keeping smokers addicted to the deadliest products – those that burn tobacco.

    “To achieve its public health goal, the FDA must issue an evidence-based final rule in the most expedient way possible and have enforcement authorities in place to ensure compliance and prevent product manipulation by the tobacco industry. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) will respond strongly to the proposal in support of an evidence-based product standard that will reduce morbidity and mortality from tobacco use. 

    “This important action by Commissioner Gottlieb should be part of a comprehensive tobacco control strategy undertaken across the entire agency. The FDA must use the full force of its authority in a scientific and transparent manner to address not only nicotine levels in tobacco products, but flavoring in products, review of new products and modified risk claims, and innovative opportunities to promote cessation medications. By taking a comprehensive approach to tobacco control, we can save lives, keep kids from starting lifelong, deadly addictions and end the scourge of tobacco on the American people in our lifetime.”

  • Relay Spring into Action fundraising challenge now underway

    Are you ready to help us spring into action for Relay For Life?

    We need your help to spread the word! From March 12 through Sunday, March 25, we're asking all Relay participants to spring into action and fundraise to help fight cancer with even more force.  

    We want our Relay participants to share some of the ways their efforts can attack cancer. Maybe they want to raise $100 that could help 10 newly diagnosed patients get personalized info kits, or $125 that might give five people access to a live 24/7 helpline. They also can share a photo or video of themselves literally springing into action, or a great fundraising idea. The more they share, the more funds we can raise!

    As a token of appreciation for Relay participants who fundraise for this two-week period, we're giving away super comfortable purple air couches to the top 100 national online fundraisers.

    Please note -- only donations made online, or via the ACS Mobile Fundraising App, count towards the campaign total. The campaign ends on Sunday, March 25, at 12:59 a.m. ET.

    We encourage our Relay participants to:

    • Share their most impactful fundraising idea on Relay Connect 
    • Post a video/photo on Facebook of themselves or their team springing into action

    Since word-of-mouth is our most powerful tool, discuss the challenge with your volunteers and fellow Relay participants!

    Check out the current leaderboard.


  • A recap of our live colorectal cancer awareness event - watch the replay!

    Did you watch our March 8 Colorectal Cancer Screening Coast to Coast: Driving toward Prevention event, broadcast live from Smashbox Studios in Los Angeles? If not, a replay of this informative awareness-raising event emceed by Desiree Berenguer-Carton can be viewed on the Society's Facebook page. Make sure to like it and share it! You also can watch it on YouTube.

    The full show was shared 129 times on ACS Facebook page, including by partners with broad reach, such as Katie Couric, Stand Up to Cancer, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the American College of Gastroenterology, Telemundo star Chiquibaby (who has 600,000 followers), and many others.

    We're now in 2018 – the year we aimed to get 80% of U.S. adults 50 and over screened for colorectal cancer. Did we make it? We actually don't know for sure because of a lag in the data. We do know that we reached 67.3% in 2016, with more than a 150 health systems, clinics, and localities actually reaching 80%, and hundreds more seeing substantial rate increases. That 67.3% figure is new data from CDC.

    Rich Wender, MD, our chief cancer control officer, said between 2014 and 2016, an additional 3 million people got screened, and that follows a three-year plateau reported by CDC, when screening rates did not budge. That is great news!

    As Rich said, "no skeptics allowed. We are doing this, we are making a difference, and screening rates are going up around the country." And, of course, we will continue to act with urgency through 2018 – and beyond. (For answers to questions you might have about what happens after 2018, read this.)

    The core message of the event was clear: colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in U.S. when men and women are combed, but it does not need to be! Getting screened and having precancerous polyps removed can prevent this cancer. And, there is a test for everyone. 80% by 2018 is not a colonoscopy campaign. There are simple take-home tests that people can use, if that's what they are most comfortable doing. The best test, we always say, is the one that gets done.

    Two other facts we learned on this program: 

    • There are now more than 1 million survivors of colorectal cancer in the U.S.
    • 1600 organizations have signed the 80% pledge, and they are not stopping their efforts after 2018 

    The event was a collaborative partnership among the American Cancer Society, the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, and Fight Colorectal Cancer, in partnership with the Mayo Clinic, Exact Sciences, UPS, and others.

    Here is a list of some of the guests interviewed on the show: 

    • Anjee Davis, president, Fight Colorectal Cancer
    • Country singer Craig Campbell, whose dad died from colon cancer at age 36. Craig performed a song he co-wrote with Rose Hausmann, who died in 2016 after a 12-year battle with stage IV colorectal cancer. It is called "Stronger Than That," and serves as an anthem for colorectal cancer survivors.
    • Lisa Richardson, MD, MPH, director of CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, who said the biggest challenge is getting people in their early 50's screening. Less than half of people between ages 50 and 55 have been screened, she said. 
    • Stephanie "Chiquibaby" Himonidis, host of Telemundo 52's Acceso Total program, which provides viewers with lots of health information.
    • Teri Griege, a stage IV colon cancer survivor who completed the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii while still undergoing chemotherapy. Screening is better than treatment, she said, adding: "Don't die of embarrassment."
    • Samuel Pace, MD, a longtime gastroenterologist in Tupelo, Mississippi and two-time colorectal cancer survivor. He is a 2018 80% by 2018 National Achievement Awards honoree in the Survivor/Physician Champion category. "The best medicine" for survivors, he said, is to become an advocate, and educate others on the importance of getting screened.
    • Robyn Sunday-Allen, CEO of the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, this year's 80% by 2018 National Achievement Awards grand prize winner. The clinic serves 20,000 Native Americans and its colorectal cancer screening rate jumped from 14% in 2007 to 64% in 2016. Tactics included systematizing patient and provider reminders, improving tracking in the electronic health record, offering incentives for completing screening at health fairs, and providing navigation to patients in need of follow up care. Read more about all of the awardees here.
    • Thomas Lopez, who urged people not to do what he did – wait nine months to go to the doctor after finding blood in his stool. People in the Latino community often go to the doctor too late, he said. "I prayed to God every night to let me live long enough to see my son graduate from high school." 

    Shout outs from Luke Perry and Katie Couric

    Actor Luke Perry was busy filming Riverdale, the TV show he appears in, but called in on his smart phone.  Journalist Katie Couric, who underwent a colonoscopy on-air in March 2000, two years after her 42-year-old husband died of colon cancer, also sent her regrets for not being there in a pre-recorded video. She said this month she is taking a 50-year-old mystery date to his first colonoscopy. Look for that on social media!

    This event, which was national, is just one of many colorectal cancer awareness events going on across the U.S. Find other events around the country and submit your local events to be added to the map. 

    PHOTOS: Pictured in the top photo are all of ACS staff involved in the event, including staff from Global Headquarters and West Region. The smaller image shows some of the 150 audience members who filled the studio.

  • CRC news: Northeast Region wants you to #ShareYourScreen

    Northeast Region launches #ShareYourScreen social media campaign 

    This clever campaign asks people to share their screen. No, no, they are not asking people to share a photo of their colonoscopy, they are asking people to share a photo of their phone's lock screen. Watch this cute video for instructions. Here are written instructions:

    1. Take a screenshot of your smartphone lock screen. To do so, hold down the home and top or side buttons for most iPhones, or hold down the home and power button for most Androids.
    2. Post the screenshot as a photo to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram along with the following message: "I'm sharing my screen to help the @AmericanCancerSociety raise awareness of colon cancer screening. If you're 50 or older, get screened! Now, I challenge you to #ShareYourScreen to keep this message going!"
    3. Tag up to three friends in the post, challenging each of them to #ShareYourScreen. 

    New 80% by 2018 blog 

    new 80% by 2018 blog features the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, the Grand Prize recipient of the 2018 80% by 2018 National Achievement Awards. Read about their incredible work increasing screening rates from 14% to 64%, even as their patient base surged! 

    New PSA from Katie Couric

    Watch and share Katie Couric's new PSA.  Also, follow Katie's outreach efforts on colorectal cancer screening this month on Instagram and Twitter @KatieCouric.  

    New CDC Screen for Life PSA Videos

    New Screen for Life PSAs use animation to encourage men and women 50+ to get screened for colorectal cancer.  Titled "Community Garden," the PSAs are available in English and Spanish. Check out their website to view these informative PSAs!

    White House declares March National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

    The White House has declared this March, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, thanks to the many National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable members who reached out to the White House earlier in the year to ensure this was a priority.  

    New resource on Do's and Don't of CRC Screening

    The Dos and Don'ts of Colorectal Cancer Screening was created by Georgia Colorectal Cancer Roundtable and their many partners.  It has been endorsed by ACS, NCCRT, and medical organizations in Georgia. 

    NCCRT seeking proposals to develop a Links of Care training

    The NCCRT has issued a request for proposals to develop a web-based training that draws from the best practices and lessons learned from the NCCRT's Links of Care model. The Links of Care pilots, launched in 2014, sought to strengthen the relationships between community health centers and the medical neighborhood in the delivery of colorectal cancer screening and follow up care. Its goal is to provide local communities with online access to the framework, advice, and tools and templates needed to develop a strong collaboration between health centers and specialty providers in order to improve the delivery of colorectal cancer screening and follow up care for patients in need. The deadline for proposals is April 6, 2018Email notification of intent to apply is due March 23. Please email Emily Bell, NCCRT associate director, with any questions related to the RFP. 


  • It's always phishing season; use your skepticism to avoid getting caught!

    ​You have probably heard about someone who clicked on a bad link or opened a nasty attachment in an email. You may also have heard of someone who received a letter in the mail or got a phone call offering some fantastic, "too good to miss" deal, only to be "taken to the cleaners." In this article, our IT Security team offers some guidelines and quick tips to help us avoid scammers and other bad actors.

    The good news is, you already possess the best defense to ensure you are not taken advantage of or scammed. Regardless of the medium, a healthy dose of skepticism goes a long way! If something looks or sounds too good to be true, you can bet it probably is. If you get an email telling you to immediately "click here" for a free pile of money, a free iPhone, etc., you need to pay special attention. When someone asks you for login credentials or personal information, your "scam radar" should be on full alert.

    If you have an account with an organization, it is highly doubtful they will request additional personal information through an email message. If you are unsure, use a secondary method to validate that whoever is contacting you is official.

    If you receive an email and you think there may be a valid reason for you to interact, asking a few key questions will help keep you safe. Before you click any links, read the email very carefully:

    • Are the spelling and grammar correct?
    • Does the message come from a person you know?
    • Is the email address in the same format as other confirmed messages you have received from this organization in the past?
    • When you hover over the links in the email, do you recognize the URL address? 

    If a message tells you to log into your account, you are much safer to go directly to the website by typing the known address into your browser or by using one of your bookmarks/favorites. Bad actors often purchase domain names that are very close to reputable names (think versus Without careful reading, it is easy to be fooled.

    While email is a common method of phishing for information, bad actors use many other methods. Tax season is an especially risky time of year. Scammers will send out paper mail attempting to get you to send them tax information. They will pose as a government entity and use language to make it look as though you have issues with your taxes. Do not automatically call the number provided in a letter; use the internet to check for official phone numbers of an organization. And call the IRS if you have questions.

    Phone calls are another popular method of phishing for information. Scammers will call and try to acquire personal information, such as passwords, credit card numbers, or Social Security numbers. Our IT department, Microsoft, Google, and other reputable organizations will never call you and ask for your passwords. Similarly, banks and government agencies will never call you and ask for credit card or Social Security information.

    Remember: if it sounds too good to be true, most likely it is not true. Skepticism and critical thinking are your best defenses. So, stay safe and secure with your work and personal information!

  • Tobacco Atlas: Big tobacco is targeting the world's most vulnerable to increase profits

    The sixth edition of The Tobacco Atlas and its companion website finds the tobacco industry is increasingly targeting vulnerable populations in emerging markets, such as Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, where people are not protected by strong tobacco control regulations. The report was released at the 17th World Congress on Tobacco OR Health in Cape Town, South Africa.

    The Atlas, co-authored by ACS and Vital Strategies, graphically details the scale of the tobacco epidemic around the globe. It shows where progress has been made in tobacco control, and describes the latest products and tactics being deployed by the tobacco industry to grow its profits and delay or derail tobacco control efforts. In response to an evolving tobacco control landscape, the Sixth Edition includes new chapters on regulating novel products, partnerships, tobacco industry tactics and countering the industry. 

    In 2016 alone, tobacco use caused more than 7.1 million deaths worldwide (5.1 million in men, 2.0 million in women). Most of these deaths were attributable to cigarette smoking, while 884,000 were related to secondhand smoke. The increase in tobacco-related disease and death has been outpaced by the increase in industry profits. The combined profits of the world's biggest tobacco companies exceeded $62.27 billion in 2015, the last year on record for all the major companies. This is equivalent to $9,730 for the death of each smoker, an increase of 39% since the last Atlas was published in 2015, when the figure stood at $7,000.  

    "Every death from tobacco is preventable, and every government has the power reduce the human and economic toll of the tobacco epidemic," said Jeffrey Drope, PhD, co-editor and author of The Atlas and our vice president, Economic and Health Policy Research. "It starts by resisting the influence of the industry and implementing proven tobacco control policies." (Jeffrey is pictured in the top image.)

    "Tobacco causes harm at every stage of its life cycle, from cultivation to disposal," said Dr. Neil Schluger, Vital Strategies' senior advisor for science and co-editor and author of The Atlas. "It is linked to an ever-increasing list of diseases, burdens health systems, and exacerbates poverty, especially when a breadwinner falls ill and dies from tobacco use. . . The only way to avert this harm is for all governments to vigorously implement the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and to enforce the proven strategies that reduce tobacco use."

    Tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke costs the global economy more than two trillion dollars every year – equivalent to almost 2% of the world's total economic output. Low- and middle-income countries represent more than 80% of tobacco users and tobacco-related deaths, placing an increased share of tobacco-related costs on those who can least afford it. A growing proportion of that burden will fall on countries across Africa in the future, if governments do not implement tobacco control policies now.

    Africa is at a tipping point

    The Sixth Edition of The Tobacco Atlas reveals that the tobacco industry deliberately targets countries that lack tobacco control laws and exploits governments, farmers, and vulnerable populations across Africa. In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, consumption increased by 52% between 1980 and 2016 (from 164 billion to 250 billion sticks). This is being driven by population growth and aggressive tobacco marketing in countries like Lesotho, where prevalence is estimated to have increased from 15% in 2004 to 54% in 2015. Economic growth has increased consumers' ability to afford tobacco products and there is a lack of tobacco control interventions to deter tobacco use. Furthermore, in countries like Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Senegal, smoking is now more common among youth than adults – potentially increasing the future health and economic burden of tobacco in these countries. 

    Yet Africa has seen real successes recently. Ghana and Madagascar have introduced comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship. Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Kenya, and Madagascar have implemented graphic warnings on cigarettes, an important intervention in countries with multiple dialects and for citizens in those countries who have low levels of literacy. South Africa has implemented consecutive tobacco tax increases to deter consumption, and Kenya has implemented a highly effective track-and-trace system to track and reduce illicit trade. These countries are setting an example to others across the world.

    Other examples of effective tobacco control policies

    In spite of the tobacco industry's efforts to impede progress, global cigarette consumption and tobacco use prevalence have declined recently thanks to an overall increase in the adoption of proven and innovative tobacco control measures. Tobacco taxes alone could deliver a 30% relative reduction in smoking prevalence by 2025. This would save 38 million lives and $16.9 trillion, just from former smokers becoming healthier.

    • In 2013, the Philippines implemented one of the largest tobacco tax increases in a low- and middle-income country, leading more than 1 million smokers to quit.
    • Turkey's comprehensive tobacco control strategy reduced smoking prevalence from 39.3% in 2000 to 25.9% in 2015.
    • Analysis by Australia's government found that plain packaging alone resulted in 108,228 fewer smokers between December 2012 and September 2015.
    • Brazil has banned all tobacco additives such as flavors used to attract children. WHO predicts that there will be 3 million fewer smokers in Brazil between 2015 and 2025.


    Tobacco Atlas - Tobacco Use in Africa

    Tobacco Atlas - Tobacco Industry's Actions 

    Tobacco Atlas - Successful Policies

    Photos courtesy of Photo©Marcus Rose/The Union

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