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American Cancer Society Celebrates its Centennial

Like the American College of Surgeons, the American Cancer Society is observing its 100th anniversary in 2013. Throughout their shared history, the American College of Surgeons and the American Cancer Society (the two ACSs) have collaborated on many programs, including the establishment of what are now known as the Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC).  The American Cancer Society will officially recognize its centennial on May 22.

The progress that has been made in treating all forms of cancer is remarkable, and the American Cancer Society’s 100th anniversary is an opportunity to acknowledge the progress the two ACSs have made together this past century and to celebrate the millions of lives saved. The American Cancer Society reports that today, two out of three people diagnosed with cancer are surviving for at least five years. Since the early 1990s, the cancer death rate in the U.S. has declined by 20 percent.

To commemorate its milestone anniversary, the American Cancer Society has launched a campaign aimed at achieving the following goals:

  • Raise an additional $100 million to support cancer research and care
  • Help position the American Cancer Society as the premier organization  that will solve the cancer problem this century
  • Increase public knowledge of the progress and accomplishments made

To help eliminate cancer, the American Cancer Society intends to continue to ensure that lifesaving cancer research gets funded and is undertaking a historic research project called the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). The goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the U.S. in the study by the end of this year. The society will work to provide cancer patients with access to quality health care and that all Americans have access to lifesaving screenings and clean air.

Details regarding the longstanding partnership between the two ACSs were published in an article by LaMar S. McGinnis, Jr., MD, FACS, titled “Common origins: The two ACSs—100 years of collaboration to improve the lives of cancer patients.” The article was published in the April 2012 Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons (vol. 97, no. 4, pp. 6–15). For more information on the American Cancer Society, go to

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