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ACS Encourages State Communities to Take Action from Cancer

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Opportunities to Volunteer while Providing Free Information and Services to all Californians in Need

The American Cancer Society invites all communities to join in creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays. The Society wants to help diverse communities reduce the impact of cancer by providing free resources, information and support services; funding groundbreaking research; and fighting back through public policy and community mobilization.

Resources such as 1.800.227.2345, a 24-hour, multi-lingual, toll-free number is answered by Cancer Information Specialists, can help answer any question about cancer and provide information and referral to resources for free or low cost cancer screenings.

Multicultural populations throughout California and across the country can access services provided by the American Cancer Society to assist those who have been diagnosed with cancer, such as free transportation to and from treatment, counseling groups, and free lodging for patients who have to travel far distances to receive treatment.

“The American Cancer Society wants to empower all communities in the fight against cancer by providing information that can help prevent cancer,” American Cancer Society volunteer Felix Aguilar, MD, said.

“We encourage all Californians to join the American Cancer Society and make changes that will benefit them in the long run and save lives, including regularly scheduled screenings, eating healthy meals and exercising frequently. We also want California’s diverse communities to know that we have resources available to them if they are facing a cancer diagnosis.”

Nearly two-thirds of all cancer deaths can be prevented through regularly scheduled screenings, healthy eating, regular physical activity and quitting tobacco use. However, multicultural populations continue to have lower screening rates; report less than the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity on five or more days per week; and eat fewer fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, ethnically diverse populations constitute nearly 60% of the state’s population, making California one of the most multicultural states in the country.

The Society would like to raise awareness of cancer prevention and early detection among these many communities that are the face of California.

In 2011, approximately 144,035 Californians will be diagnosed with cancer. Of every four deaths in California, one is from cancer – the second leading cause of death.

Now more than ever, volunteers are needed to save lives and create a world with more birthdays.

The American Cancer Society offers many ways to volunteer through multiple events, programs and advocacy efforts including: Relay For Life®, a 24-hour community event to raise awareness and funds for the local fight against cancer; Making Strides Against Breast Cancer®, a 3-5K community walk to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer; free support programs where dedicated Society volunteers provide direct assistance and service to cancer patients and caregivers; and legislative advocacy where the Society’s advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, has a grassroots volunteer network of hundreds of thousands of volunteers who successfully work to fight against cancer and send strong messages to lawmakers about issues that matter to people touched by cancer.

For more information on how to join the estimated 300,000 Californians who volunteer with the American Cancer Society or for free information or to request support services, go to cancer. org or call 1.800.227.2345.

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