With a 20 percent decline in cancer mortality in two decades we are clearly making a difference through research, education, advocacy, and services for those patients and families going thru cancer treatment . But worldwide, the statistics tell a very different story. In 2010 cancer killed nearly 8 million people ? that?s more than the number of global deaths from malaria and HIV/AIDS combined. And it?s expected to grow to more than 13 million by 2030. This is clearly an immense problem ? more than any one organization can tackle alone. It is more important than ever that we realize our vision to be a co-equal partner with all sectors ? public, private, and nonprofit ? to bring cancer under control. We need both the resources and the awareness collaborative work can bring to our fight.
The American Cancer Society was founded in 1913 as the American Society for the Control of Cancer by 15 prominent physicians and business leaders in New York City. At that time, a cancer diagnosis amounted to near certain death. Rarely mentioned in public, this taboo disease was steeped in fear and denial. Physicians sometimes did not tell their patients they had cancer, and patients often did not tell their friends and families if they had been diagnosed.
The American Cancer Society 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 service.