The American Cancer Society was founded in 1913, an era steeped in fear and denial, an era where cancer was rarely mentioned in public. Today we know that knowledge is power and information is everything. The American Cancer Society, a leader in the fight against cancer, is the nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and patient support.
Research: Launched in 1946, the American Cancer Society cancer research program has funded more than $3.6 billion in cancer research and has led to primary contributions in cancer diagnosis and treatment. The program has a strong history of funding innovative research projects and has supported 44 researchers who have gone on to be selected as Nobel Prize Laureates. The American Cancer Society in Arizona has 4.2 million dollars invested in research grants.
Education: The American Cancer Society plays an important role in educating health care providers and the public about cancer prevention and early detection.
Advocacy: The American Cancer Society protects the public’s health by advocating for state and national policies that will increase support for cancer research, access to quality cancer care, prevention and awareness, and reduce disparities in prevention and treatment.
Patient Support: The American Cancer Society provides free information, resources and support programs for cancer patients, survivors, families and caregivers, including cancer and clinical trial information available 24/7, assistance with transportation to and from treatment, breast and prostate cancer support groups, Cancer Survivors Network, summer camps for children with cancer, college scholarships for childhood cancer survivors, hospital-based patient navigators, and temporary housing for patients through our Guestroom Lodging Program and Hope Lodge. In Phoenix, 9 fulltime American Cancer Society Patient Navigators are working in hospitals throughout the Valley. The American Cancer Society served 16,254 cancer patients and their families this past year in the state of Arizona.
A Month in the Life of the American Cancer Society in Arizona
28,497 visits are made by state residents to cancer.org
987 people contact the American Cancer Society from our state via our 24-hour information line at 1-800-227-2345
1,357 state residents receive cancer patient related information or services from the American Cancer Society
58 visits are made to breast cancer patients by our Reach To Recovery volunteers
234 trips transporting cancer patients to treatment are provided by American Cancer Society Road to Recovery volunteers and other transportation programs
419 gift items such as turbans, prosthesis, or durable medical equipment are provided to cancer patients living in our state
106 wigs are provided to residents in our state
778 free accommodations are provided through our Hope Lodge and Patient Lodging programs to cancer patients and their families traveling long distances for treatment
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