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Hofer: The miracle of research

We all know someone who cancer has touched. And that’s why research is so important. Because research can provide miracles: Like a woman whose breast cancer is detected on a mammogram, and it saves her life. A man whose colon cancer is found early through a colonoscopy, and he’s now a survivor instead of a statistic.

Today, research is continuing to provide exciting breakthroughs in our understanding of cancer and cancer treatment.

The American Cancer Society has invested $3.4 billion in cancer research, funding 44 Nobel prize winners. That overall investment has paid rich dividends – the death rate from cancer continues to decline; the five-year survival rate has tripled since 1946. Today, there are more than 11 million survivors.

Do you know a woman who gets regular pap tests and mammograms?

Do you know a child who was cured of leukemia?

Do you know someone who quit smoking (or never started) because cigarettes are linked to lung cancer?

Then you know someone whose life is better because of research funded by the American Cancer Society.

It’s proof that we’re making progress against our most feared disease. Through research discoveries, cancer has lost some of its control over us.

Currently, the American Cancer Society is funding a research project involving the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in north central South Dakota. The society awarded a $50,000 grant to Delf Schmidt-Grimminger, a scientist at the Avera Research Institute and a professor with the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, to study prevention of cervical cancer among Northern Plains American Indians.

In fact, ACS is second only to the federal government (National Institutes of Health) in the number of dollars invested in cancer research. Currently, the society is providing funding to innovative scientists at more than 223 leading medical schools, universities, and research institutions across the nation – scientists who will go on to create the next miracles in cancer research.

So that maybe someday, somewhere, a child will ask, “Grandma, what was cancer?” And that would be the best miracle of all.

For more information on current research projects, contact the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

About the American Cancer Society

At the American Cancer Society, our vision is a world with less cancer and more birthdays. As part of that vision, we are fighting cancer in every community, for every family, to help save lives. We recognize each community has different needs and we’re here to help everyone stay well and get well, to find cures, and to fight back against cancer. For cancer information, contact us at www.cancer.org or (800) 227-2345

Charlotte Hofer is public relations manager for the American Cancer Society in South Dakota. She is a member of the Native American Journalists Association, and her work for ACS focuses on cancer education to diverse populations through the media. Contact her at charlotte.hofer@cancer.org.