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American Cancer Society Overview 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 The Society is headquartered in Atlanta Georgia with state Divisions and more than 3400 local Units The Society is the largest source of private nonprofit cancer research funds in the United States The Societys prevention programs focus on tobacco control sun protection diet and nutrition comprehensive school health education early detection and treatment A variety of service and rehabilitation programs are available to patients and their families Through its advocacy program the Society educates policy makers about cancer and how it affects the individuals and families they represent For more information contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit wwwcancerorg ACS Mission Mission Statement 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 International Mission Mission Statement The American Cancer Societys international mission concentrates on capacity building in developing cancer societies and on collaboration with other cancer-related organizations throughout the world in carrying out the strategic directions of the American Cancer Society Public Education In 1947 the American Cancer Society also began its public education campaign about the signs and symptoms of cancer They were termed Cancers Danger Signals The original 7 danger signals were 1 Any sore that does not heal 2 A lump or thickening in the breast or elsewhere 3 Unusual bleeding or discharge 4 Any change in wart or mole 5 Persistent indigestion or difficult swallowing 6 Persistent hoarseness or cough 7 Any change in normal bowel habits Ten years later the order was rearranged putting
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