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'The cancer charity saving my life'

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More than 40% of all cancers diagnosed – and nearly half of all cancer deaths in the United States – can be attributed to preventable causes, such as smoking, obesity, inactivity, and excessive exposure to the sun.

That's why it's the mission of many nonprofits throughout the country to aim to educate people about preventative measures, as much as they can support those who are suffering.

But these nonprofits also play an important role in treatments and therapies that have been developed to save the lives of millions of people. Thanks to the financial support of donations, these dedicated scientists can achieve more. 

Providing support to those suffering with cancer is a vital mission of cancer charities in the US. This is something Barbara Hood, of Illinois, knows only too well. “I was diagnosed with stage 3 oral cancer last spring," she tells Smiley News. "I was shocked when I first heard the news, but once I did my research and found information on survivors with my cancer, I came across AICR and it really is saving my life."

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American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is a research-focused organization that champions the latest scientific data from around the world on cancer prevention and survival through diet, weight and physical activity.

The nonprofit has a library of resources that can help those with cancer navigate questions about their nutrition and lifestyle, and empower them to advocate for their health.

"I am working hard to change my mindset of food and health and my behavior changes are motivating my children and grandchildren,” adds Barbara. 

Through donations, AICR runs free public health programmes, which helps them educate communities about cancer prevention and healthy lifestyles that reduce people's risk of cancer. Their ultimate aim is to make people take charge of their health. 

Supporting nonprofits helping spread the word on cancer prevention

AICR isn't the only organization helping fight cancer throughout the US. Another is the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), which is actually the first and largest cancer research organization dedicated to accelerating the conquest of cancer.

Its mission really focusees on research, science education, and training, to undersyand cancer etiology, diagnoses and treatment.

Another organization is the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, which aims to raise public knowledge of gynecologic cancer risk awareness, prevention, early identification, and the best possible treatment for this disease. In the past year, the nonprofit has raised more than $60 million for research, awareness, outreach, and education on cancer risk. 

The foundation runs events and webinars for free, to help bring attention to these cancers, and the symptoms. 

Inspired to act?

DONATE: Lend financial support to AICR, AACR or the Foundation for Women's Cancer

VOLUNTEER: The Foundation for Women's Cancer is looking for people who are willing to fundraise and volunteer with them. Find out more.

READ: 5-year-old cancer patient uses wish to help kids in hospital.


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