American Cancer Society, Inc. (ACS)
- Homepage: http://www.cancer.org/
September 2002: "The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community- based voluntary health organization. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has state divisions and more than 3,400 local offices. "
"the American Cancer Society (ACS) is committed to fighting cancer through balanced programs of research, education, patient service, advocacy, and rehabilitation."
June 2009: "The cancer institute has spent $105 billion since President Richard M. Nixon declared war on the disease in 1971. The American Cancer Society, the largest private financer of cancer research, has spent about $3.4 billion on research grants since 1946."http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/28/health/research/28cancer.html
May 2008: "The long waits are particularly hard on cancer patients who need frequent and timely treatment, said Craig Fritz, a spokesman for the American Cancer Society. Cancer Society officials are urging Metro to allow immediate MetroAccess service to people undergoing treatment for serious or chronic illness, such as chemotherapy for cancer and dialysis for kidney failure."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/19/AR2008051902462.html
September 2007: Both the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society backed the [menu nutrition information--Ed.] bill, and statewide polls show that more than 80 percent of Californians support it.http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0918/p02s01-ussc.html
November 2006: More women die of breast cancer than men do of prostate cancer: some 40,970 women will die of breast cancer this year, compared with 27,350 deaths of men from prostate cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/14/health/14men.html
November 2006: Experts are recommending that girls start getting the vaccine routinely at age 11 or 12 in the hopes of catching them before they become sexually active and saving them from a malignancy that strikes about 10,000 women in the United States each year and kills about 3,700, according to the American Cancer Society.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/03/AR2006110301966.html
March 2005: The American Cancer Society asked Del. Anne Healey (D-Prince George's) to draft the legislation after a survey of the 24 Maryland school systems in fall 2003. The survey, conducted by the Coalition for Skin Cancer Prevention in Maryland, found a jumble of inconsistent policies toward sunscreen, a product that many school systems treat as if it were an over-the-counter medicine.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8076-2005Mar28.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Owner of (partial or full, past or present) American Cancer Society (ACS) Source Aug 25, 2003 Organization Executive (past or present) Dr. Otis Webb Brawley M.D. Person Feb 11, 2012
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Oct 16, 2009 Wellness Incentives Could Create Health-Care Loophole: Workers Who Fail Medical Tests Could Pay More
QUOTE: By more than doubling the maximum penalties that companies can apply to employees who flunk medical evaluations, the [new healthcare] legislation could put workers under intense financial pressure to lose weight, stop smoking or even lower their cholesterol,
Washington Post Sep 15, 2009 Where Cancer Progress Is Rare, One Man Says No (Forty Years' War)
QUOTE: cancer has proven difficult to crack, leading to frustration among executives and advocates who wonder why the Food and Drug Administration is not approving more drugs.
New York Times Aug 31, 2009 PSA Test: More Harm Than Good? Study: 1 Million Men Suffered Needless Treatment After Prostate Cancer Test
QUOTE: The PSA prostate cancer screening test does more harm than good, a new study suggests.
WebMD Aug 19, 2009 Report: HPV vaccine may be going to the wrong women
QUOTE: some doctors now question whether the [HPV] vaccine has been overpromoted to affluent women who need it least instead of patients most at risk of dying from the disease.
USA TODAY Jul 29, 2009 Smoking bans, taxes burn cigar makers
QUOTE: The rise in smoking bans across the country and a unprecedented hike in taxes on tobacco are proving to be crippling [for cigar makers].
USA TODAY Jul 28, 2009 Tanning Beds Get Highest Carcinogen Rating: Melanoma risk rises 75 percent when device use begins before age 30, international panel says
QUOTE: The International Agency for Research on Cancer on Tuesday moved tanning beds to its highest cancer risk category -- "carcinogenic to humans," according to a new report.
HealthDay Jun 27, 2009 Grant System Leads Cancer Researchers to Play It Safe
QUOTE: One major impediment, scientists agree, is the grant system itself. It has become a sort of jobs program, a way to keep research laboratories going year after year with the understanding that the focus will be on small projects unlikely to take significant steps toward curing cancer.
New York Times Nov 05, 2008 Health Tests To Think Twice About
QUOTE: Two problems with preventive health screens: First, plenty of screens don't really work that well. Many yield lots of false-positive results, which lead to unnecessary (and risky) treatments; others work, though not in time for patients to act, leaving them to a life of endless dread. Second, these screens can cost thousands of dollars, and many aren't covered by insurance.
Forbes Oct 14, 2008 Equal Treatment for the Uninsured? Don't Count on It. Lack of Compensation Can Tempt Doctors to Tailor Their Care to a Patient's Coverage
QUOTE: It's not uncommon for patients with no insurance or poor insurance to receive different treatment. A 2006 study of 25 primary care private practices in the Washington area showed that in nearly one in four encounters, physicians reported adjusting their clinical management based on a patient's insurance status; nearly 90 percent of physicians admitted to making such adjustments.
Washington Post Aug 19, 2008 Drug Makers' Push Leads to Cancer Vaccines' Rise
QUOTE: In two years, cervical cancer has gone from obscure killer confined mostly to poor nations to the West’s disease of the moment... The lightning-fast transition from newly minted vaccine to must-have injection in the United States and Europe represents a triumph of what the manufacturers call education and their critics call marketing.
New York Times Jul 10, 2008 Doctors' Group Plans Apology For Racism
QUOTE: The country's largest medical association is set to issue a formal apology today for its historical antipathy toward African American doctors, expressing regret for a litany of transgressions, including barring black physicians from its ranks for decades and remaining silent during battles on landmark legislation to end racial discrimination.
Washington Post Jul 04, 2008 Some Seek Guidelines to Reflect Vitamin D's Benefits
QUOTE: A flurry of recent research indicating that Vitamin D may have a dizzying array of health benefits has reignited an intense debate over whether federal guidelines for the "sunshine vitamin" are outdated, leaving millions unnecessarily vulnerable to cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other ailments.
Washington Post May 20, 2008 Disabled Riders Question Need For MetroAccess Recertification
QUOTE: Her disability is permanent. But every three years, she must go through a time-consuming process that will cost Metro more than $1 million this year to prove a basic fact of life for her and thousands of other riders: Her disability makes it difficult for her to ride Metrorail or Metrobus and therefore qualifies her for curb-to-curb MetroAccess service.
Washington Post Feb 18, 2008 Study Finds Cancer Diagnosis Linked to Insurance
QUOTE: [Authors of a new study say] that “individuals without private insurance are not receiving optimum care in terms of cancer screening or timely diagnosis and follow-up with health care providers.” Advanced-stage diagnosis, they wrote, “leads to increased morbidity, decreased quality of life and survival and, often, increased costs.”
New York Times Feb 04, 2008 Some Campuses Decide Tobacco Company Money Is ‘Tainted’
QUOTE: [Officials at a Texas university] decided two months ago to draw a line, and refuse all tobacco money for student groups, as well as for faculty research. “What it came down to for us was the ethical dimension,” said [one official]. “The leadership of the school felt that in some sense it was tainted money, that it is money gotten from a product that is significantly harming people.”
New York Times Sep 18, 2007 Must menus in California count calories, carbs, fats? A bill is on the governor's desk, and 4 of 5 state residents back it. But restaurant chains say mandatory measures are lawsuits waiting to happen.
QUOTE: Whether to require detailed nutritional information on restaurant menus or brochures is under scrutiny as never before. Some see it as a way to help curb high obesity rates by encouraging healthier eating, while restaurant representatives claim that mandatory measures would be burdensome and wouldn't stem obesity. To other lawmakers, labeling is the latest example of excessive government interference.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 10, 2007 Doctors Balk at Cancer Ad, Citing Lack of Evidence
QUOTE: the advertisement’s implicit message — that those who die of skin cancer have themselves to blame — has provoked a sharp response from some public-health doctors, who say the evidence simply does not support it.
New York Times Jan 19, 2007 Many in Senate Back Mandatory HPV Vaccination: Legislation Part of Growing Effort to Combat Cervical Cancer by Inoculating Middle School Girls
QUOTE: "Nearly half of the Maryland Senate has signed onto legislation introduced yesterday to mandate that middle school girls receive a new vaccine for cervical cancer."
Washington Post Nov 14, 2006 For Smokers, a Tough Call
QUOTE: "because lung cancer is such a major killer, there's going to be a lot of interest in moving [aggressive CT scanning--Ed.] down the road" and many people who say they want the test but may not understand the pitfalls....Finding a nodule usually triggers a cascade of interventions, starting with a biopsy, which can cause infection, scarring and a collapsed lung."
Washington Post Nov 13, 2006 Health Disparities Persist for Men, and Doctors Ask Why
QUOTE: "In recent years, women’s health has been a national priority. Pink ribbons warn of breast cancer...Yet statistics show that men are more likely than women to suffer an early death."
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