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Useful information for cancer patients and their families, survivors, caregivers, advocates, and others from Cancer Today magazine.

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National Cancer Research Month
National Cancer Research Month

Thanks to research-driven advances in diagnosis, detection, and treatment, overall age-adjusted cancer death rates in the U.S. decreased by 31 percent from 1991 to 2018.

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Innovators in Discovery
Innovators in Discovery

Dr. Susan Band Horwitz: Decades of Work to Understand One Molecule. Her groundbreaking research to discover the properties of paclitaxel led to an effective cancer treatment.

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Cancer Types
Cancer Types

Nearly 100,000 people in the United States are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma this year. May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month, learn more about this type of cancer.

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Cancer Types
Cancer Types

More than 25,000 cases of brain and other nervous system cancers are expected to be diagnosed in the United States this year. Learn about treatment options.

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The AACR Blog
The AACR Blog

Researchers at the recent AACR Annual Meeting 2022 examined advances in cancer prevention including finding, understanding, and intercepting precancer before it develops a malignancy.

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Support Lifesaving Research
Support LIfesaving Cancer Reseaerch

Whether honoring a special person or a special day, a donation to the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has a lasting impact.

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For Researchers
AACR Grants
AACR Grants

AACR grants support researchers domestically and abroad at every career stage, representing a global commitment to cancer prevention, early detection, interception, and cure.

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Videos
AACR COVID and Cancer ReportAACR Report on the Impact of COVID-19 on Cancer Research and Patient Care

An AACR scientific report examining the pandemic and its impact on cancer research and patient care.

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The AACR: Driving Progress Against Cancer

The AACR and its more than 50,000 members worldwide are advancing a scientifically bold agenda against the collection of diseases we call cancer.

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Wenora Johnson: A Pandemic-delayed Colonoscopy and a Diagnosis of Precancerous Polyps

For the woman with Lynch syndrome, a delayed colonoscopy highlighted the impact of the pandemic on cancer screening.

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By the Numbers
16.9

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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16

new therapeutics against cancer were approved by the FDA from August 1, 2020, to July 31, 2021

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31

percent decrease of the overall age-adjusted cancer death rate in the U.S. from 1991 to 2018

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