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May is National Cancer Research Month

Thanks to research-driven advances in diagnosis, detection, and treatment, overall age-adjusted cancer death rates in the U.S. have decreased by 33 percent from 1991 to 2020, a reduction that translates into 3.8 million lives saved.

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About Cancer

Cancer is not a single disease, but rather a collection of diseases all characterized by the uncontrolled proliferation of cells.

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AACR Stories

Targeting “Undruggable” Proteins That Drive Cancer: AACR grantee Raymond E. Moellering, PhD, uses chemistry to build “molecules that can go after undruggable protein targets” to treat cancers.

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Cancer Types

Nearly 153,000 people in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year. Read about the prevention, screening, and treatment options for this type of cancer.

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On the AACR Blog

Get updates on research driven advances in cancer science and medicine including the recent AACR Annual Meeting 2024 in San Diego on the AACR Blog.

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Leading Discoveries

The current issue of Leading Discoveries magazine is available with articles on CAR T-cell pioneer Carl H. June, MD, FAACR, research updates from the AACR journals and scientific meetings, and more.

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For Researchers
AACR Annual Meeting 2024

Session recordings are available for viewing to registered attendees through July 10. Registration remains open for the on-demand virtual meeting.

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AACR Cancer Disparities Progress Report 2024

The AACR Cancer Disparities Progress Report 2024 outlines the complex interplay of factors that drive and perpetuate cancer health disparities and calls for a collaborative approach to achieve health equity.

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The AACR: Driving Progress Against Cancer

The AACR and its more than 58,000 members worldwide are advancing a scientifically bold agenda against the collection of diseases we call cancer.

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Robert A. Winn, MD, FAACR

Dr. Winn, chair of the AACR Cancer Disparities Progress Report 2024 steering committee, discusses the many factors that drive and perpetuate cancer health disparities.

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By the Numbers


percent decrease of the overall age-adjusted cancer death rate in the U.S. from 1991 to 2020

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therapeutics were approved for new or expanded uses by the FDA from Aug. 1, 2022, to July 31, 2023

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million cancer survivors in the U.S. are living with, through, and beyond their disease thanks to research

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4 in 10

cancer diagnoses in the United States are associated with preventable risk factors

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For more statistics on cancer, please visit our Cancer Progress ReportRead the AACR Cancer Progress Report