National Cancer Research Month
About National Cancer Research Month
May is National Cancer Research Month, and each year, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) partners with cancer centers, institutions, researchers and physician-scientists, patients and their families, survivors, advocates, and others to encourage awareness of and action in support of the prevention, treatment, and cure of all forms of cancer.
The AACR invites you to join us in this awareness campaign highlighting the importance of cancer research. Thanks to spectacular advances made by cancer research, more than 18 million people in the United States and millions more worldwide are cancer survivors who are living with, through, and beyond their disease.
This global undertaking highlights the importance of scientific collaboration and the exchange of information for cancer and all biomedical research. The vital work of cancer researchers around the world and all those who support them is essential to defeating these devastating diseases.
Cancer Research Saves Lives!
Throughout National Cancer Research Month, we invite you to join the AACR in highlighting the ways in which innovative cancer science advances the global effort to save, extend, and enhance the lives of patients with cancer.
Bringing Cancer Research to Life
Watch these videos to see how some leading researchers and physician-scientists are working to advance lifesaving cancer science.
How You Can Help
- Share your stories about researchers, physicians, patients, advocates, and community members who have participated in and/or benefited from cancer research. Create web stories, blog posts, or news releases about your research and mention that May is National Cancer Research Month.
- Engage on social media by sharing these stories, including videos or photos, using the official National Cancer Research Month hashtag, #NCRM23, or linking back to this webpage. The AACR will also promote your posts on our Twitter and Facebook feeds.
- Call on Congress to make cancer research a national priority, because robust, sustained, and predictable federal funding is crucial for researchers to plan and continue the leading-edge projects that will lead to new, better treatments and cures for various diseases, including the collection of devastating diseases we call cancer. Learn more about the AACR’s science policy and government affairs work.
- Use our resources, including articles from AACR’s Cancer Today patient magazine, news from our blog, Cancer Research Catalyst, the monthly e-newsletter Cancer Policy Monitor, the AACR Legislative Action Center, and more. The AACR will update these resources throughout the month of May. A social media resource kit containing graphics and images is available for you to download and use, including Photoshop templates that you can use to create your own graphics. We are happy to work with you to meet any additional graphic needs.
Social Media Toolkit
The NCRM Social Media Toolkit contains four types of graphics:
- Twitter Graphics. Two NCRM-branded graphics sized for posting to your Twitter feed (1024×512 px).
- Facebook Graphics. Two NCRM-branded graphics sized for posting to your Facebook News Feed (1200×628 px).
- Instagram Graphics. Eight NCRM-branded graphics sized for posting in a carousel ad in the Facebook News Feed (1080×1080 px).
- NCRM Photoshop Templates. Blank graphics with the “National Cancer Research Month” brand that you can apply to your own images to create custom social media graphics in the sizes above.
- AACR Cancer Progress Report: Read a summary of recent advances in the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer, and learn about the personal experiences of cancer survivors who have benefited from these advances.
- AACR Cancer Disparities Progress Report: This groundbreaking report highlights areas of progress in addressing the challenges of cancer disparities and emphasizes the need for continued research and collaboration to achieve health equity.
- Read the following articles from Cancer Today, the authoritative resource for patients with cancer, survivors, and their family members and friends:
- “Add It Up”: Immunotherapy combination treatments are a first choice for treating many advanced cancers, and more combinations are coming.
- “Colorectal Cancer in Younger People”: While colorectal cancer incidence has gone down among older people, incidence rates have steadily increased for people under age 50. Younger people are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage and have unique challenges that come with facing cancer in their prime.
- “Cancer and Alcohol”: Lowering and increasing alcohol consumption is associated with changes in cancer risk.
- Read these blog posts from Cancer Research Catalyst, the official blog of the AACR:
- Experts Forecast Cancer Research and Treatment Advances in 2023: Our annual interview with leading experts discussed potential advances in the fields of immunotherapy, precision medicine, cancer prevention and early detection, patient advocacy, and cancer disparities.
- Driving Progress Against RAS-driven Cancers: The blog’s coverage of the AACR Special Conference: Targeting RAS examined the past, present, and future of treating RAS-driven cancers.
- Heart Health: Mitigating Collateral Damage From Immunotherapy: This blog post further explores a study published in the AACR journal Cancer Discovery that proposed a new treatment regimen for myocarditis, a sometimes life-threatening side effect of treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors.
- AACR Annual Impact Report: Read about the AACR’s progress over the past year in support of our mission: to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication, collaboration, science policy and advocacy, and funding for cancer research.
- About Cancer: Learn about different types of cancer, cancer research, clinical trials, and more.
The AACR thanks the following cancer centers, research institutions, scientific societies, hospitals, advocacy groups, and other organizations that have supported National Cancer Research Month:
Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2)
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
American Childhood Cancer Organization
American College of Radiology
American Institute for Cancer Research
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society for Radiation Oncology
American Society of Hematology
American Society of Preventive Oncology
Arizona Cancer Center
Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
Association of American Cancer Institutes
Australian Cancer Research Foundation
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Cancer Prevention Institute of California
Cancer Research Institute
Cancer Therapy & Research Center, UT Health Science Center San Antonio
Caring for Carcinoid Foundation
The Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
City of Hope
Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center
Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups
ColdSpring Harbor Laboratory
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center
The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT
Duke Cancer Institute
ENACCT – Education Network to Advance Clinical Cancer Trials
European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)
Fight Colorectal Cancer
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Friends of Cancer Research
Genetic Research Institute of the Desert
Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, Mercy Medical Center Cedar Rapids
Hollings Cancer Center
Huntsman Cancer Institute
Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center
International Cancer Advocacy Network
International Myeloma Foundation
The Jackson Laboratory
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Association
Ludwig Cancer Research Foundation of America
Markey Cancer Center, University of Kentucky
Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
Melanoma Research Alliance
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
Moffitt Cancer Center
National Brain Tumor Society
National Cancer Institute
National Coalition for Cancer Research
Norris Cotton Cancer Center
North Carolina Central University
NYU Langone Health’s Perlmutter Cancer Center
OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
Oncology Nursing Society
OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute
Prostate Cancer Foundation
Radiation Oncology Institute
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Rush University Medical Center
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine
Society of Gynecologic Oncology
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Stand Up To Cancer
Stanford Cancer Institute
Susan G. Komen Advocacy Alliance
Texas Advanced Computing Center (University of Texas at Austin)
UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
UC Cancer Institute and the Barrett Cancer Center
UC Davis Cancer Center
UCI Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
UK Markey Cancer Center
University of Arizona Cancer Center
The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Colorado Cancer Center
University of Florida Shands Cancer Center
University of Hawai’i Cancer Center
University of Illinois Cancer Center
University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
The University of Kansas Cancer Center
University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of New Mexico Cancer Center
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
The University of Texas Southwestern Simmons Cancer Center
University of Virginia Cancer Center
University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
The UNMC Eppley Cancer Center
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
The V Foundation for Cancer Research
Van Andel Institute
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Vermont Cancer Center
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
The Wistar Institute
Yale Cancer Center
If you would like to support National Cancer Research Month, please email [email protected].