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American Cancer Society Site Improved

Nearly every American is related to, works with, is friends with or in some other way knows and/or loves someone who has cancer.  Whether newly diagnosed, in the throes of treatment or a cancer survivor, there is always a longing for easily accessible, reliable information regarding the myriad of types of cancer, cancer treatments and prevention.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) website, which receives 23 million visitors each year, has done a face-lift on their website, www.cancer.org , complete with improved search engine technology, an updated look-and-feel, and easy-to-use navigation, designed to help you get to know all aspects the Society, from our volunteer opportunities to rich programs and services.
Access to trusted cancer information from ACS experts remains at your fingertips, but now it's organized to help you better find what you’re looking for quickly.

Here’s a quick look at how the new cancer.org is organized:

    * Learn About Cancer section provides information and tools to help you learn about specific types of cancer, risk factors, early detection,     diagnosis, treatment, and more.
    * Stay Healthy section provides information on steps you can take that may help reduce your cancer risk and stay well, including advice     for maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding tobacco products, and getting regular cancer screenings.

    * Find Support & Treatment section offers information for anyone facing cancer to help them understand a diagnosis, make sense of their     treatment options, find treatment in their area, and get the support they need.

    *Explore Research section shows you what the American Cancer Society is doing to help better understand, prevent, and cure cancer     through groundbreaking research. You’ll also get the latest cancer statistics.

    *Get Involved section showcases the many ways you can get involved in the fight against cancer through advocacy, volunteering,     participating in events, and donating to the American Cancer Society to help end this disease.
    * In Your Area section lets you search for events, resources, and information specific to your zip code. Enter your location by clicking the In     Your Area box in the upper right hand corner of your screen.

The option to create a personalized account allows you to save articles and information relevant to you, and sharing this information with others is easy through social networking sites, such as Facebook.
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has 13 chartered Divisions and more than 3,400 local offices.

Their Mission Statement is, “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.”

ACS saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. Together with our supporters, we’re creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays.  We celebrate by supporting one another, sharing our stories and what we've learned, and by living life to the fullest one day at a time.

Information is bountiful on the ACS site and in each section – too much to expound on in this article - but one example in the Find Support and Treatment section is the Cancer Survivor Network, an online community by and for people with cancer and their families. Find and connect with others through our member search, discussion boards, chat rooms, and private CSN e-mail. Create your own personal space to tell us about yourself, share photos, audio, etc, start an online journal (blog), contribute resources, and more.

A breast cancer survivor from Virginia remembers surfing the internet into the wee hours of the morning looking for blogs, chat rooms, any opportunity to read about someone else going through what she was going through with her treatments, side effects and fears.”

Whether you are interested in cancer prevention and early detection, diagnosis and treatment, survivorship, or getting involved in the fight against cancer, ACS is excited about the new cancer.org, and hope it helps you better find the information you need to stay well, get well, find cures, and fight back.

Laura Lamp King