• Guest Post: A Light at the End of the Tunnel


    Merck Chairman and CEO Ken Frazier joined ACS CAN recently at our annual Lights of Hope Ceremony. In a guest blog, the visionary leader shares his perspective on the promise of innovation and the historic opportunity we have as a nation to accelerate cancer treatment. … [Read more]

  • Cancer Survivor and Actor Hill Harper Offers Words of Encouragement to ACS CAN Volunteers


    After several busy and exciting days, our annual Leadership Summit and Lobby Day came to a close with a keynote speech by award-winning actor Hill Harper. Harper engaged the audience of volunteers and staff by telling his own cancer story. Harper noted that the men in his family had a history of cancer. His father, grandfather, and uncle all died from the disease. A few years ago, Harper himself was diagnosed with thyroid cancer – the same type of cancer that his father had. After having his thyroid surgically removed and becoming cancer free, Harper became a vocal cancer advocate.… [Read more]

  • Voters Say Need for Increased Cancer Research Funding Is Urgent

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    Results of a new ACS CAN poll of voters’ attitudes about cancer research funding shows voters across 10 key battleground states strongly support increasing federal funding for cancer research and aren’t hearing enough from candidates on the issue.… [Read more]

  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: New Report Highlights Progress in Pediatric Cancer Research

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    September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month; a time when we specifically recognize how this disease impacts the youngest and most vulnerable among us. It is estimated in the U.S. nearly 15,000 children under age 19 will be diagnosed with cancer this year. However, thanks to advances in research, the five-year survival for childhood cancer patients is at an all-time high. Still, the need to find effective treatments for the toughest childhood cancers and to reduce the almost universally experienced side effects from existing treatments is urgent. Research is key to better outcomes for childhood cancer patients, which is why ACS… [Read more]

  • NCAA Basketball Coaches Kickoff ACS CAN’s Lobby Day

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    Nearly 700 cancer advocates got a pep talk from three great Division I NCAA basketball coaches as the group prepared to head to Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Coach Ron Hunter from Georgia State University, Coach Mike Martin from Brown University, and Coach Jim Harrick (retired) from UCLA are members of  Coaches vs. Cancer®, a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The coaches are in the middle of recruiting season, but took time out of their busy schedules to share their personal connections to cancer and rally the volunteers before their legislative meetings.… [Read more]

  • Hundreds of Cancer Advocates Head to Capitol Hill; Urge Congress to Prioritize Cancer Fight

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    This week marks one of my favorite times of year: ACS CAN’s annual Leadership Summit and Lobby Day. Nearly 700 cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Guam are in Washington, D.C. to ask their Members of Congress to make cancer a top priority. The event, which runs nearly three full days, starts Monday morning when advocates will get a chance to hear from the directors of three leading cancer research centers – Augusto Ochoa, PhD, from the Louisiana State University Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center; Michelle LeBeau, PhD, from the University of… [Read more]

  • ACS CAN Releases Annual Roadmap for State Cancer Policies


    From Alaska to Vermont, state legislatures made important progress in saving lives from cancer during their 2016 legislative sessions. But, the news is not all good as many states are still failing to pass legislation that would prevent cancer, reduce youth smoking, and improve access to palliative care.
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  • Pennsylvania’s Tobacco Tax Increase Takes Effect; Will Reduce Suffering and Death from Cancer

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    Pennsylvania became the second state since 2013 to enact a $1-per-pack increase to the state cigarette tax. At $2.60 per pack, Pennsylvania’s tobacco tax is the 10th highest in the nation. It will help save lives, help current smokers quit and prevent thousands of kids from starting to use tobacco. … [Read more]

  • Bipartisan Opioid Legislation Signed into Law


    Congress passed legislation to address the national public health issue of prescription drug abuse. The new law, the Comprehensive Addictions and Recovery Act (CARA), is an example of a balanced policy that not only addresses opioid addiction, but also includes provisions to help us better understand and treat chronic pain.… [Read more]

  • Ruling Extinguishes Latest Industry Effort to Undermine Tobacco Control


    Following the latest lawsuit by Phillip Morris International, a World Bank tribunal ruled Uruguay can require graphic warning labels and limit cigarette pack designs. Congress could prevent similar lawsuits by passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade and investment agreement which prevents using such agreements to challenge tobacco control measures. … [Read more]

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