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American Cancer Society celebrates 100th anniversary
posted Jun 4, 2013 - 3:40:57pm
The American Cancer Society (ACS) celebrated its 100th anniversary with the City of Orlando on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, now known as “American Cancer Society Day” as officially proclaimed by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.
Since its inception, ACS (formerly the American Society for the Control of Cancer) has made strides in finding groundbreaking treatments for various types of cancer. Major milestones include the passage of the 1971 Cancer Act, establishing the National Cancer Institute and paving the way for billions of dollars of funded research, education and advocacy. The City of Orlando supported this century’s worth of dedication via the proclamation and to reinforce ACS’ mission to “finish the fight” against cancer.
“We’re honored to have our cause recognized by the City of Orlando and Mayor Dyer,” said Christy Clelland, ACS Manager. “Cancer touches the lives of millions in our community alone. The first step in fighting this relentless disease is understanding the importance of research, community support and the need for treatment. We thank the City for helping us to communicate our mission.”
ACS raises an average of $400 million each year for research, education and patient services, including its National Cancer Information Center, which connects nearly a million callers annually to the resources they need. In the last six years, ACS has reported a 20 percent decline in cancer-related deaths and 1.2 million lives saved.
Research led by ACS began in the early 1950s, when the organization conducted Cancer Prevention Studies (CPS). CPS-1 and CPS-2 confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, as well as obesity and increased death rates from cancer. CPS-3, which studies the link between cancer and certain lifestyle choices, is currently underway.
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