About American Cancer Society

A New Decade of Making A Difference


We are the nation’s largest voluntary health organization. Our volunteer network—2 million strong—empowers people to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

 

Research

The American Cancer Society has funded 46 Nobel Prize winners and more cancer research than any other non-governmental agency in the world. The Florida Division awarded 13 Million  in research for state funded cancer related research projects. Of the 13 million, 8 million was awarded to the Tampa Bay Area.

 

Patient & Family Services

We help people with cancer. Our Hope Lodge provides a free place to stay during outpatient treatment. In addition, we offer transportation to treatment; one-on-one survivor support to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients—Reach to Recovery; and support for families coping with cancer throughout I Can Cope Program.
Call 1-800-227-2345 for services available in your area.

 

Education

Prevention and early detection of cancer have contributed to the growing number of survivors, and the American Cancer Society has led the way in both areas. We provide prevention education on the topics of breast, prostate, colorectal and lung cancer.

 

Advocacy

We work together with volunteers to advocate for meaningful laws that will help us cure cancer in our lifetime.

 

What’s at Stake

This year about 559,650 Americans are expected to die of cancer—more than 1,500 people a day. One out of every four deaths in the U.S. are from cancer. Among children ages 1-14, cancer causes more deaths in the U.S. than any other disease. The annual cost of cancer in the U.S. is an estimated $206.3 billion.

 

Progress is Being Made

Improved cancer treatments, tobacco prevention programs, health screenings and better nutrition have led to a steady decline in the death rates. Fewer people died of cancer in 2004 than in 2003, marking the second consecutive year that cancer deaths have declined in the United States. Today more than half of the diagnosed will survive. Thank you for joining the fight against cancer.

 

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.

For more information on American Cancer Society programs and services, contact us 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week at 1-800-ACS-2345 or http://www.Cancer.org/

 

Local American Cancer Society

Lee County Unit

4575 Via Royale, Suite 110

Fort Myers, FL 33919

239-936-1113

Jamie.Powell@Cancer.org

 

 

Why Choose The American Cancer Society?

Because

  • Each year an estimated 7,060 people in the South Gulf Coast area will hear the words; “You Have Cancer”.

  • And every 26 seconds a person calls the American Cancer Society hot line for help.

  • This year in our area local patients and their families received 6,091 services through our patient programs.

  • 212 patients from our community received 3,198 transportation services to and from treatment.

  • 41 patients from our area received free lodging at one of Florida’s Hope Lodges while undergoing treatment.

  • This year we have issued more than $14 million in grants for research in the state of Florida.

  • We have invested more than $3.2 billion in research since 1946 and have funded 44 scientists who have won the Nobel prize.

  • We fought for the states tobacco tax by 1$ per pack and won which helps Florida’s youth tobacco prevention program.