The American Cancer Society Research Efforts


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American Cancer Society

Focusing on head and neck surgical interventions since 1991, Dr. William B. Clark treats patients at ENT Associates of Northwest Florida in Pensacola. Active in charitable donations, Dr. William B. Clark gives to the American Cancer Society.

This community-based organization enlists the efforts of millions as it strives to wipe out cancer as a significant health threat. It launched its cancer prevention studies in the 1950s, searching over the long term for medical and behavioral factors in the onset of cancer. These efforts found links between smoking and cancer, obesity and cancer, and other connections.

The society has moved from studying tobacco use to curbing it. It is now investigating the economic aspects of controlling tobacco use in low- to middle-income populations.

The American Cancer Society has also been one of the first organizations to look into how psychosocial and behavioral habits play a role in controlling cancer. It seeks to learn the effects of quality of life, family life, and the medical care of survivors.

Finally, the society spends over $7 million annually in prevention research to determine the impact of vaccines, hormones, diet, and physical fitness.