For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been working to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. 2013 marks an important milestone in the organization’s history — its own 100th birthday.
ACS was founded in 1913 by a group of physicians and business leaders in New York. These individuals were alarmed by the number of patients diagnosed with cancer and sought a way to raise awareness. During this time, the word cancer was rarely used and little was known about the disease. These early pioneers were determined that through education and awareness, more could be done in terms of research and treatment.
This grassroots effort has evolved over the last century but the goal remains the same — finding a cure for cancer. The ACS has played an instrumental role in research efforts as well as new treatment options and prevention and outreach. The ACS is a global leader in the fight against cancer, with $1 billion in resources annually to save lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against the disease.
Vivienne Stearns-Elliott, ACS regional director, said the goals of the organization are to help people stay well, help people get well, by finding cures and fighting back against cancer.
“Anyone can call the American Cancer Society 24/7 line at 1-800-ACS-2345 for breast cancer information, symptoms, screening guidelines, resources, support groups and services like Look Good ... Feel Better and Reach to Recovery. The American Cancer Society will do our best to connect them with access to screenings and other vital information,” Stearns-Elliot explained. “Women can also sign up for an email annual mammogram reminder at cancer.org.”