Mission 101

Welcome to Mission 101!

A Sense of Urgency

Since the American Cancer Society was founded in 1913, much progress has been made in the way we approach, talk about, and treat cancer. But there is still much to be done. The fight against cancer can’t wait or slow down even for one moment.

  • An estimated 1,685,210 people will hear the words “you have cancer” in 2016.
  • In the US, an estimated 595,690  people will die from cancer or about 1,630 people per day.
  • A substantial proportion of cancers could be prevented with researched supported lifestyle changes.

For over 100 years the American Cancer Society has been leading the way to transform cancer from deadly to preventable.

The American Cancer Society has  primary short term goals.

  • A 50 percent reduction in the age-adjusted cancer mortality rate.
  • A 25 percent reduction in the age-adjusted cancer incidence rate.
  • A measurable improvement in the quality of life from the time of diagnosis and for the balance of life for all cancer survivors.

Every project the American Cancer Society pursues addresses the organizational goals and begins and ends with the mission in mind. A mission statement is a brief description of an organization’s fundamental purpose. It answers the question, “Why do we exist?” Think of it as the, “Who, What, Where, When, Why, How?”

Our Mission

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.

The American Cancer Society also has an international mission as well.

The American Cancer Society’s international mission concentrates on capacity building in developing cancer societies and on collaboration with other cancer-related organizations throughout the world in carrying out shared strategic directions.

These can be found at http://www.cancer.org/aboutus/whoweare/acsmissionstatements

Relay For Life® Mission Statement

The hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Mission Delivery through Relay For Life of Second Life will:

  • Align with the stated mission of the American Cancer Society .
  • Maximize community awareness and involvement.
  • Promote the growth, potential and quality of Relay For Life.
  • Educational activities at Relay result in greater awareness of cancer prevention and early detection methods.

A great way to learn about all the American Cancer Society does to is to look at the tabs on the website http://www.cancer.org

  • Learn about Cancer
  • Stay Healthy
  • Find Support and Treatment
  • Explore Research
  • Get Involved
  • Find Local ACS (in Second Life we are your local!)

We are making progress! Today the five-year survival rate for all cancers is 69 percent up from 49 percent in 1975-1977. For the third year in a row, the absolute number of cancer deaths has declined. Improvement in survival reflects both the earlier diagnosis of certain cancers and improvements in treatment.

Your involvement with the American Cancer Society is helping to save lives and improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families!