A Taste of Hope
Jeffrey A. Flaks
President and CEO, Hartford HealthCare
November 7, 2019
The Society Room of Hartford
The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.
At the American Cancer Society, we're on a mission to free the world from cancer. Until we do, we'll be funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. All so you can live longer — and better.
The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for
a world without cancer.
● Death rates could decrease 40-50 percent if we focus on those things we already know to do
● The American Cancer Society confirmed the link between smoking and lung cancer
● We’re the largest private funder of cancer research in the US, second only to the US government
● The American Cancer Society funded 47 Nobel prize winning researchers
● The American Cancer Society proved the effectiveness of mammography in the 1980s and
successfully worked to pass legislation ensuring access to this cancer screening tool
● We have helped more than three million uninsured, underinsured, and low-income women get
breast and cervical cancer screening tests since 1991
● We’ve played a role in nearly every cancer breakthrough in recent history
● Nearly 80 percent of the US population now covered by a smoke-free law can breathe easier,
thanks in part to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)
WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS, BUT THERE IS MORE TO BE DONE AND WE NEED YOUR HELP.
With our supporters, we have made signicant progress against cancer. Prevention efforts, early detection, and better treatments have contributed to a 26% decline in cancer mortality rates since 1991 which has helped avoid 2.4 million deaths nationwide.
Today 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with cancer survive. Our goal is to make that 3 out of 3.
We are putting all of our efforts toward saving more lives, faster. Today we’re focusing on key areas where we know we can make progress quickly. We’re honing in on the biggest cancer killers, where we have proven strategies to help reduce the burden, like tobacco control and colon cancer screening.
For more information please contact Heather Byron at or 203.379.4873