• A Great Day to Quit Tobacco


    It’s the American Cancer Society’s 40th Annual Great American Smokeout – an annual opportunity to join others across the country in a dedicated day to make a plan to quit tobacco. This year, the Society is encouraging tobacco users to, “Quit like a champion.”

    At ACS CAN, we’re honoring the spirit of the day by urging Congress and the Obama administration to support tobacco users in their quitting quest, by championing legislation and policies that are proven to help people stop smoking and prevent a next generation from getting started on the path to addiction.… [Read more]

  • Guest Post: Giving the Stamp of Approval to Breast Cancer Research

    Breast Cancer Stamp

    Today, we’re faced with a wide range of ways to support the fight against breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As the month comes to a close, however, we must remember that breast cancer doesn’t take a break. All of us must continue to work together to battle this deadly disease long after the pink displays disappear.… [Read more]

  • Guest Post: Running Against Cancer

    Today I had the pleasure of meeting Don Wright, a 74-year-old cancer survivor who will be running this weekend in the Marine Corps Marathon, his 90th marathon since being diagnosed in 2003.… [Read more]

  • Palliative Care: Is Your State Making the Grade?

    CAPC Report

    Large hospitals tend to be the major providers of palliative care services, but just how many hospitals are meeting this need? That’s what the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) set out to discover in their 2015 State-by-State Report Card on Access to Palliative Care in Our Nation’s Hospitals released today.

    One of the goals of the state-by-state report card is to help lawmakers increase the availability of palliative care for the millions of seriously ill Americans in the U.S. who could benefit from an extra layer of support throughout treatment, survivorship and onward. … [Read more]

  • Hundreds of ACS CAN Volunteers in DC Urging Congress to Fight Cancer

    Ralph Alswang Photographer

    Today is the start of ACS CAN’s signature annual event: our Leadership Summit and Lobby Day. We’ll be welcoming more than 750 cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones from all 50 states and nearly every congressional district to Washington, D.C. for three days of training, presentations, media opportunities and, of course, meetings with lawmakers.… [Read more]

  • Cancer Prevention Just Steps Away


    U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is on a mission to get individuals and communities to put their best foot forward to find ways to increase how much we walk and in turn improve our collective health. Today, the Surgeon General released Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities that addresses some of the key barriers to Americans having equal access to walkable communities.… [Read more]

  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Advocating for Young Cancer Patients and Survivors


    September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – a month dedicated to honoring youth who have battled cancer and highlighting the work that needs to be done to prevent and treat cancer, while improving the quality of life of patients and survivors.… [Read more]

  • President Carter’s Diagnosis Highlights Importance of Increased Federal Funding for Cancer Research

    President Carter addresses the news media Thursday morning (Photo: Erik S. Lesser, European Pressphoto Agency)

    One thing that Former President Carter said during this morning’s press conference that has stuck with me is his appreciation for his doctors and the top-notch cancer centers that are collaborating on his treatment. … [Read more]

  • Guest Post: My Internship at ACS CAN


    This summer, I am working for American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s (ACS CAN) incredible policy team in Washington, DC. ACS CAN is the nation’s leading cancer advocacy organization that is working every day to make cancer issues a national priority.… [Read more]

  • Guest Post: Ore. Palliative Medicine Physician Makes Waves on Capitol Hill

    Dr. Mavity sits in Rep. Greg Walden's chair on PQLC lobby day.

    Dr. Laura Mavity was one of the incredible ACS CAN volunteers who joined us. Dr. Mavity is a palliative medicine physician practicing in Bend, Ore. with St. Charles Health System and is the clinical director of its palliative care program. … [Read more]

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