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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

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We Are Your American Cancer Society

We are your American Cancer Society, and on behalf of the staff and our more than two

million volunteers, we are excited you want to learn what it means to be a volunteer for the

American Cancer Society. You can join us and make a difference in the fight against cancer.

By choosing to volunteer for the nation's largest and most effective community-based,

voluntary health organization, you have a unique opportunity to touch the lives of everyone

who has been affected by cancer.

Our Challenge ... 2015 Nationwide Goals

By joining together, we can help the American Cancer Society achieve its mission of

eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Our organization has set bold challenge goals

that will significantly lower cancer incidence and mortality rates and improve the quality of

life for all cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers by the year 2015.

With your help, we will achieve the following goals by 2015:

• Reduce cancer incidence by 25%, averting almost six million new diagnoses

• Reduce cancer mortality by 50%, preventing almost five million deaths

• Measurably improve the quality of life for all those touched by cancer

Our History

The American Cancer Society was founded in 1913 and has been committed to one mission:

eliminating cancer. In order to achieve our mission, the American Cancer Society has always

tapped into a unique and powerful resource - volunteers.

The rich history of the American Cancer Society provides a solid understanding of how our

organization began and where we are headed.

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