Governor Bryant Proclaims May 22 ŒAmerican Cancer Society Day¹ to Honor Organization¹s 100 Years of Fighting Cancer

JACKSON ­ In honor of the American Cancer Society¹s 100th Birthday, Governor
Phil Bryant officially proclaimed May 22 as ³American Cancer Society Day²
and urges all residents of Mississippi to join together to finish the fight
against cancer.

The American Cancer Society was established in 1913 as American Society for
the Control of Cancer, and after 100 years, has achieved many milestones in
the fight against cancer. To commemorate the birthday, the Society¹s
advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS
CAN), worked with the governor¹s office to secure the proclamation.

³Over 100 years of saving lives and creating more birthdays, the American
Cancer Society has led the way in transforming cancer from deadly to
treatable and from treatable to preventable,² said Jane Streets, ACS CAN¹s
state lead ambassador for Mississippi. ³Silence won¹t finish this fight ­
action will. As the American Cancer Society continues to invest in cancer
research and provide support and information for people with the disease,
ACS CAN is working with elected officials and grassroots advocates to make
this cancer¹s last century. Now is the time to join together to finish the
fight.²

American Cancer Society Day is meant to inspire people in the community to
look for ways to get involved in the fight against cancer. Through the
American Cancer Society, people can become part of cancer¹s next research
breakthrough by enrolling in the organization¹s Cancer Prevention Study-3,
participate in a Relay For Life® event, Making Strides Against Breast
Cancer® walk or volunteer to help people with cancer in their community.

ACS CAN gives cancer patients and survivors a voice in calling on lawmakers
to make the cancer fight a top priority. Through an extensive nationwide
volunteer network, ACS CAN emphasizes the importance of federal funding for
lifesaving cancer research and the need for people with cancer and their
families to have access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and
smoke-free air in their communities.

In Mississippi, ACS CAN has worked with the legislature to maintain $9.7
million in funding for smoking cessation programs.

³We thank Governor Bryant for his commitment to the fight against cancer by
proclaiming May 22 as American Cancer Society Day,² said Streets. ³The
American Cancer Society¹s 100th birthday is an opportunity to get active in
the battle to end cancer. We¹ve never been more ready to work together to
put the American Cancer Society out of business.²

Today, two out of three people with cancer survive for at least five years
after diagnosis. The Society and ACS CAN have contributed to a 20 percent
decline in cancer death rates in the United States since the early 1990s ­
helping to save nearly 1.2 million lives during that time. In fact, more
than 400 people a day in the United States are celebrating birthdays that
would have otherwise been lost to the disease.

In 1944 the Society prioritized funding cancer research, and since then has
funded 46 Nobel Laureates and is now the largest nongovernmental,
not-for-profit funder of cancer research. The Society has played a role in
nearly every cancer research breakthrough in recent history. Each year, they
help cancer patients everywhere get the help they need when they need it.
Last year alone the Society assisted more than a million people who called
for help, providing free services like a place to stay while traveling for
treatment, rides to treatment, emotional support and much more.

For more information about the Society¹s 100th birthday and how to get
involved visit www.cancer.org/fight .

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three
million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened
by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health
organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline
in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in
smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans
who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate
more birthdays this year. As we mark our 100th birthday in 2013, we’re
determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the
nation¹s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research,
ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the
fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air,
and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us
anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

About the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the nonprofit,
nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports
evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer
as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and
candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary
people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they
need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit www.acscan.org
.