And… we’re back. As the new year rolls in we will be continuing to feature ACS staff and volunteer stories on our blog along with regular features on current events, regional, and national activities. Send us your news and share your comments. We would love to hear from you.
What is happening here in Hawaii Pacific? On January 24 we will be swearing in our new board of directors and thanking our outgoing members for their service. This group of leadership volunteers will help our region to remain a national leader in program services and awareness raising. We will update our board of directors page as soon as everyone is confirmed.
In our last 2014 post, we shared our 2015 event calendar. Please view it to find out more about events throughout the islands.
On the national front:
Suits and Sneakers expands to a full week in 2015. During the week of January 19-25, hundreds of local and national basketball game broadcasts will help focus on the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission and messages about how everyone can fight back against cancer. Read More and vote for your favorite coach to advance them to the next level at the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. Make sure your coach supports ACS!
If basketball is not your thing, mark your calendars for Mar 30-April 1 on your local PBS station. “Cancer-The Emperor of all Maladies” a new film by PBS and Ken Burns will premier across the nation. This three part series, “examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective and a biographer’s passion.” http://video.pbs.org/video/2365362396/ Keep your ears open as screening parties are a possibility.
January is cervical cancer awareness month. Due to increased screening, over the last 30 years cervical cancer cases have dropped by 50%. Read more here.
Ever wonder how the American Cancer Society learns about the long term impact of cancer on our population? View the infographic about our Cancer Prevention Studies here. The third cancer prevention study is now underway. ACS has enrolled 300,000 Americans that we will be following for 20 years! What we learn from this study will influence our approach to cancer for decades to come.
Finally, one of the most cited cancer publications in print is our annual, “Cancer Facts and Figures” The good news? Cancer rates in the U.S. continue to trend downward. This report is useful to clinicians, researchers, and the general public as we all do our part to bring about the day when cancer is one of societies distant memories. A recent Maui News Now article cites Cancer Facts. You can download the pdf at our site for free.