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American Cancer Society
Mar 28, 2018

Attacking Cancer From Every Angle

American Cancer Society

Cancer is a disease that hurts those we love. The American Cancer Society wants you to know that they are working to help save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

“We’ve made tremendous progress and we are attacking cancer from every angle. Cancer deaths have declined 26 percent in the last few decades, thanks in large part to the American Cancer Society’s programs of research, education, screening, and support,” said Jen Lefthand, Senior Manager of Community Development at the American Cancer Society.

That’s nearly than 2.4 million cancer deaths avoided. More people are surviving cancer than ever before. Today there are about 15.5 million cancer survivors in the US, a number that is expected to grow to almost 20 million by the year 2026, due to population growth and advances in early detection and treatment. As more people survive and thrive after a cancer diagnosis, addressing the unique needs of cancer survivors becomes more important than ever.

In New Jersey, the American Cancer Society estimates that 53,260 New Jerseyans will receive a cancer diagnosis this year.  And 16,040 people will die from the disease.

The American Cancer Society has played a role in most of the major cancer research breakthroughs in recent history. The Society committed to doubling its cancer research budget to $240 million annually by 2021.

“We are determined to help communities here in New Jersey and all over the country come together to support those affected by cancer and help with access to treatment,” said Ms. Lefthand.

This work includes the Road To Recovery program which provides free rides to treatment for patients. It also includes Hope Lodge, communities which provide cancer patients and their caregivers free lodging when their treatment is far from home. As well as community events like Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, which are powerful and inspiring opportunities to unite as a community and raise awareness about reducing the risk of getting cancer.

The American Cancer Society also provides direction through the National Cancer Information Center, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help guide a patient through their cancer experience.

“Whether they’ve recently been diagnosed, are currently going through treatment, or are caring for a loved one with cancer, we’re here with information, resources, and emotional support every step of the way. We are passionate about empowering people with information to outsmart cancer – and prevent it before it starts – with services like our 24/7 helpline and Patient Navigators,” said Ms. Lefthand.

The American Cancer Society is here to help, contact them at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

Annual Tides of Change Gala, March 16, Eagle Oaks Country Club, Farmingdale www.TidesofChangegala.org

Relay for Life of Monmouth, April 6, Ocean First Bank Center www.relayforlife.org/MonmouthUniversityNJ

Relay for Life of Matawan , May 18, Matawan Regional HS www.relayforlife.org/MatawanNJ

Relay for Life of Two Rivers, May 18, Red Bank Regional HS www.relayforlife.org/TwoRiversNJ

Annual Jersey Shore Golf Classic & Party on the Patio June, Sping Lake Golf Club, Spring Lake www.JerseyShoreGolf.org

Relay for Life of Freehold, June 16, Freehold Raceway Park www.relayforlife.org/FreeholdNJ

Relay for Life of Howell, June 8, Howell High School www.relayforlife.org/HowellNJ

Relay for Life of Middletown, June 9, Middletown HS North www.relayforlife.org/MiddletownNJ

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Point Pleasant Beach, October 21, Point Pleasant Beach www.makingstrideswalk.org/PointPleasant