• Celebrating a Big League Victory as MLB Takes Tobacco Out of Baseball

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    A few months ago on Major League Baseball’s (MLB) opening day, I talked about my love of the game – specifically my love for the Boston Red Sox. As the season ended, we crowned the Chicago Cubs as World Champions. Now in December, it’s the public health community that is celebrating a big league victory of its own. Last week, MLB and its players’ union finalized the league’s new collective bargaining agreement, which includes several significant tobacco provisions. Most notably, the five-year agreement prohibits the use of smokeless tobacco products by all players new to the majors. Current big league… [Read more]

  • American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout an Opportunity to Reflect on Historic Public Health Victory of Proposition 56 Passage


    Today, the American Cancer Society and ACS CAN are celebrating the 41st annual Great American Smokeout. The Smokeout offers an opportunity for tobacco users to make a plan to quit and for advocates to mark recent progress reducing tobacco’s public health effects. Last week, California took a historic step toward reducing tobacco-related deaths when voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 56, a ballot initiative to increase the state’s cigarette tax by $2 per pack with an equivalent increase on other products containing tobacco-derived nicotine. This substantial increase to California’s tobacco tax has the potential to save 135,000 lives and prevent 200,000 kids… [Read more]

  • The Race to Beat Cancer is Both a Sprint and a Marathon

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    Running a marathon is not an easy task. It requires stamina, discipline and determination. It is mentally and physically exhausting and it’s something 74-year-old cancer survivor Don Wright is about to do for the 100th time next month in Philadelphia. Yet for Don the exhaustion of running 26 miles in a single day is eclipsed by gratitude for the research that has enabled him to do so. I first introduced you to Don last year when he was preparing for his 90th marathon. In a year’s time, he’s conquered nine additional races. “I’m not running from cancer, I’m running against… [Read more]

  • 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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