Forty years after the National Cancer Act was signed into law, the American Association for Cancer Research has unveiled the AACR Cancer Progress Report 2011, a comprehensive educational tool designed to illustrate the progress and promise of cancer research. Past breakthroughs have resulted in new approaches that are transforming the prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer and are ushering in a new era of personalized cancer medicine. The Report is also a call to action for the general public and for lawmakers to intensify their efforts in supporting cancer and biomedical research.
Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been part of AACR's long history, which began in 1907. RPCI scientists, among the founders of AACR, recognized the need to understand the causes of cancer and made a commitment to meet those challenges through an organized national effort. Today, the AACR is the world’s oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research. The membership includes 33,000 basic, translational and clinical researchers; health care professionals; and cancer survivors and advocates in the United States and more than 90 other countries.