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Commonly asked questions about cancer:

What is Cancer?

Also known as malignancy, cancer is characterized by the abnormal growth of cells in the body and can take over 100 different forms depending on the location of the abnormal growth. Symptoms, treatments, causes, etc., vary depending on the location of the abnormal growth with some of the most common locations being the skin, lungs, colon, breasts, and prostate.

Cancer becomes especially deadly when the abnormally growing cells – tumors – begin spreading to other parts of the body. As more parts of the body succumb, the disease becomes more difficult to control and treat. While some forms of cancer are due to inherited genetic defects, several can be prevented by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding various infections.

What Are My Cancer Treatment Options?

More than 100 forms of cancers have been discovered in humans and can be caused by factors including tobacco use, obesity, infection, and genetics among dozens of other risk factors.

With over 1.68 million Americans diagnosed and an addition 595,690 killed by the disease each year, cancer directly effects millions of Americans whether by suffering from the disease or having a loved one suffer. The impact of cancer has led to billions of dollars each year being devoted to care with the National Cancer Institute reporting over $125 billion per year.

Although medical researchers have yet to discover a foolproof cure for cancer, several effective treatment options have been discovered and put into practice with high rates of success in treating the disease. A full list of treatment options depends on the type and the stage of its development, however, there are several treatment methods that are used in almost all forms of the disease.

These methods do not include any surgical procedure, as each type of cancer requires its own specific surgical procedure depending on the location and stage. Treatment methods that can be used in almost all cases focus on the administration of various medicines who target different parts of the body and cancer in an effort to kill all infected cells.

When choosing what treatment option will be pursued to combat cancer, an individual will consult with a team of medical professionals who will then decide what is in the best interest of the patient. It is not uncommon for any of the proceeding treatment methods to be used in combination with cancer form specific surgery or with each other.

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Cancer Organizations

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

The NCI is an agency of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency represents the federal government’s primary source of cancer research and training across the board with a team of over 4,000 professionals on staff. Their most important work is the coordination of the National Cancer Program, efforts to conduct research, training, information dissemination, and other efforts regarding diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and quality of care. Most of the funds allocated to the institute are used to fund university, laboratories, and private firm research efforts.

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Phone: (1-800-422-6237)
Twitter: @theNCI
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American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society has been active in fighting the battle for over 100 years, accumulating millions of supporter worldwide in the process. With an office in all of their 11 geographical divisions spread across the U.S., the ACS is able to provide support and assistance to every American. The ACS defines itself as a “community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.” They hope to do so by preventing the development and impact of the disease through research, education, advocacy, and service. Over the decades, the ACS has partnered with other major organizations to create a worldwide support network in order to expand its ability to promote positive living while battling cancer.

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Phone: (1-800-227-2345)
Twitter: @AmericanCancer
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American Childhood Cancer Organizations (ACCO) 

According to the ACCO, cancer is the number one disease leading to the death of children between the ages of 4 and 14, far surpassing other historic diseases as improved sanitation, antibiotics, and vaccines have increased in popularity over the last 100 years. Formerly known as Candlelighters, the ACCO was founded by parents of children who were diagnosed with cancer. With nearly 2,000 children regularly dying of cancer in the United States every year, the effort to provide support and information to the families of the children and the children themselves has expanded exponentially over the last few decades. The organizations offers essential programs and services designed to improve the lives of those afflicted with childhood cancer.

Contact
Phone: (1-855-858-2226) Extension 101
Email: orders@acco.org
Twitter: @accorg
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Bladder Cancer Organizations

Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN)

The BCAN works to provide thousands of bladder cancer victims and their support community with the education and support resources needed to more effectively combat their diagnosis. The organization works with research teams who are “dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer.” Since being founded in 2005, the BCAN has been the only national advocacy organization devoted specifically to bladder cancer research and supporting those afflicted with the disease. The fight for increased research funding to find additional treatments and a cure for bladder cancer is routinely spearheaded by the BCAN.

Contact
Phone: (888-901-BCAN)
Email: info@bcan.org
Twitter: @B_C_A_N
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American Bladder Cancer Society (ABLCS)

The American Bladder Cancer Society has a stated goal of raising awareness, advocate for additional research, and offer support to survivors through community support. Most of the awareness is provided through the disposal of standard printed publication and internet based social media efforts. For bladder cancer survivors, the organization is able to provide them a voice through gatherings at conventions, symposiums and conferences across the nation. The ABLCS prides itself on providing the most accurate and reliable information possible to allow bladder cancer victims the ability expand their knowledge of the disease. All bladder cancer victims regardless of age, race, sex, religion, or any other classification are welcome to be embraced by the support system offered by the ABLCS.

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Phone: (413-684-2344)
Toll Free: (888-413-2344)
Twitter: @ABLCS
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Breast Cancer Organizations

BreastCancer.org

Breastcancer.org is a nonprofit organization with the a mission to help diagnosed women and their loved ones cope with a breast cancer diagnosis by providing the best information possible to promote healthy decisions. The organization has been actively pursuing a high standard of medical excellence since it was founded nearly two decades ago. Those who visit the site will have the ability to educate themselves on medical necessities while maintaining a comforting sense of privacy. Nearly 10 million individuals use the site to find medical information and support resources every year, making it one of the most widely trusted resources for breast cancer victims.

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Phone: (610-642-6550)
Twitter: @Breastcancerorg
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National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

The NBCF was founded in 1991 by breast cancer survivor Janelle Hail. At the time of her diagnosis, finding accurate medical information and support for a breast cancer diagnosis was a difficult task, requiring extensive research that could often result in inaccurate information. To ensure that those diagnosed with breast cancer are able to find the information and support needed, the NBCF works to be a source for accurate information and hope. In addition to information, the organization understands the immense cost of diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. In understanding the financial burden of the disease, the NBCF offers free mammograms in every state to ensure that all women have an equal opportunity to understand and battle their diagnosis. A reported 85% of organization revenue is directed back into various life saving breast cancer programs.

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American Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCF)

Unlike most other cancer organizations whose primary role is to be a source of credible medical information and support for diagnosed cancer victims, the ABCF aims to primarily provide financial support to diagnosed victims. In understanding the immense financial cost of diagnosing and treating breast cancer, the ABCF offers financial assistance towards breast cancer screenings and diagnostic tests for those who are uninsured or undeserved. This assistance comes in the form of multiple programs in which patients are linked to facilities and assistance in their local communities, creating personal relationships, referral systems, and medical information delivery opportunities. As the capabilities of the organization expands they hope that they will help lead to an improved survival rate of their clients.

Contact
Phone: (410-730-5105)
Email: info@abcf.org
Twitter: @TweetABCF
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Avon Foundation For Women / Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, LLC.

The Avon Foundation has been active in the breast cancer community since its founding in 1955. While the Avon Foundation promotes efforts to improve various aspects of female life, their Avon Breast Cancer Crusade organization – founded in 1992 – is dedicated specifically to eradicating breast cancer and bring the issue into public dialogue to raise awareness. Since being founded, the foundation has contributed over $800 million to breast cancer programs and continues to donate money to this day. To improve the lives of women, the organization follows four strategies to maintain uniformity and effectiveness. These strategies include funding research and support efforts, convening industry leaders to promote collaboration and innovation, initiating new efforts to accelerate progress, and educating the public to drive social change. Utilizing these strategies, Avon is able to provide a bevy of support programs for diagnosed breast cancer victims.

Contact
Phone: (866-505-AVON)
Email: info@avonfoundation.org
Twitter: @avonfoundation
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Susan G. Komen

Founded in 1982, the Susan G. Komen organization has grown from a $200 entity to an organization that has invested over $2.6 billion into breast cancer research, community health outreach, advocacy, and support programs. This quantity of donation has led to the organization becoming the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding for breast cancer efforts. The Susan G. Komen organization has helped lead to a 37% reduction in breast cancer death rates since 1990 with an increase in five-year survival rate to 99% in the United States. Today the organization has a direct presence in over 120 major communities with 1.7 million active individuals and resources available in almost 200 countries. In addition to funding, research, and support, the organization also works on the local, state and federal level to advocate for beneficial legislation.

Contact
Phone: (1-877-465-6636)
Email: Helpline@komen.org
Twitter: @SusanGKomen
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Breast Cancer Research Foundation 

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation focuses on expanding breast cancer research to find more advanced treatments methods with the goal of eventually finding a cure for breast cancer. With over 200 researchers devoting their efforts to pursuing breast cancer innovations, the BCRF will continue funding and pursuing research until breast cancer is no longer the dangerous diagnosis it is today. Their commitment to breast cancer research has led to them raising over $500 million since 1993. These efforts have earned them the distinction of the highest rated breast cancer organization in the U.S., garnering an A+ rating from Charity Watch and 4 out of 4 stars from Charity Navigator. In addition to funding its own research efforts, the BCRF also awards nearly $50 million to university and institution research efforts around the world.

Contact
Phone: (1-866-346-3228)
Email: bcrf@bcrfcure.org
Twitter: @BCRFcure
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Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC)

The LBBC provides programs and services to those who have been impacted by a breast cancer diagnosis. These programs and services offer information, community and support that is easy to access and effective while maintaining the highest degree of personal privacy. While the organization provides a mass quantity of resources, they use healthcare experts and those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer to ensure that their resources also maintain a high degree of quality. In utilizing volunteers and generous donors, the LBBC is able to offer every program and service for free. With their valuable resources being offered free of cost, they are able to ensure that all those in need of support are able to get the help they need.

Contact
Phone: (855-807-6386)
Toll Free: (610-645-4567)
Email: mail@lbbc.org
Twitter: @LivingBeyondBC
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The Breast Cancer Charities Of American (BCCA)

The BBCA aims to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by bringing organizations together to achieve innovative levels of research, education, advocacy, and support effectiveness. The organization itself offers nutrition, exercise, and social support services to help reduce the fear brought on by a breast cancer diagnosis. Additionally, to combat the trend of women being unable to pursue the necessary medical treatment due to financial reasons, the organization also provides emergency financial assistance for medicine and supplies to those in need. Diagnosed women have the ability to pursue education, survival, and support services across the United States.

Contact
Phone: (936-231-8460)
Email: info@igopink.org
Twitter: @iGoPink
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Colon Cancer Organizations

Colon Cancer Alliance 

The Colon Cancer Alliance was founded in 1999 by a group of 41 survivors, caregivers and friends who wanted to create an entity that could provide those diagnosed with support and information they frequently sought. The organization defines their goal as knocking colon cancer out of the top three cancer killer category through the promotion of cutting-edge research and high quality patient support services. This goal is to be achieved through the three pillars of the Colon Cancer Alliance: prevention, research, and patient support. These pillars incorporate increasing screening methods, understanding who is susceptible to the disease, and empowering diagnosed individuals with the support needed to effectively combat the disease.

Contact
Phone: (202-628-0123)
Toll Free: (877-422-2030)
Twitter: @CCAlliance 
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Fight Colorectal Cancer 

Fight Colorectal Cancer was founded under the belief that it was unacceptable that although it is a preventable form, colorectal is the second-deadliest form of cancer in the United States. In uniting the cancer community by providing an outlet for those impacted to share their experiences, advocating policies, and getting involved in the research process, Fight Colorectal Cancer is a leading entity in the fight.

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Phone: (703-548-1225)
Toll Free: (1-877-427-2111)
Twitter: @FightCRC
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Global Colon Cancer Association (GCCA)

The GCCA was formed in 2011 with the intent of creating a global community that would unite individuals from around the world against colon cancer. The organization advocates for patient centered policy around the world to increase awareness, screening, access to medical treatments, and support. The main role of the GCCA is to create advocacy roles and push for advocacy advances in the battle against colon cancer by united the millions of affected victims into one voice.

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Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation

The Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation aims to eliminate the threat by discovering a permanent cure to the disease. The foundation funds research and awareness efforts to improve the lives of those afflicted with colon cancer. Part of their efforts also include promoting the use of early screening methods as catching the disease early as the most effective way to reduce the fatality risk.

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Phone: (202-628-0123)
Twitter: @chris4cure
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Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation (Susie’s Cause)

The Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation was founded in memorial of Susan Cohan, a diagnosed victim who was appalled at the statistics regarding her diagnosis. At the time of diagnosis, over 150,000 people were diagnosed with colon cancer per year with nearly 50,000 fatalities per year as well. What made and still makes this statistic terrible is the 50% preventability of the disease and the fact that 95% of all cases can be cured if detected early. To combat those statistics, the foundation works to offer programs that promote early colon cancer screenings in addition to offering the community support needed to battle the disease.

Contact
Phone: (410-244-1778)
Email: info@coloncancerfoundation.org
Twitter: @coloncancerfnd
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Colon Cancer Coalition

The Colon Cancer Coalition is the organizer of the Get Your Rear In Gear races that are held across the country every year that raises money for various colon cancer endeavors. The first race was held in 2005 and the effort has since become a major partner in educating the public about colon cancer and increasing the frequency of early screenings. All funds raised by the coalition go back into the communities they were raised in to support the programs based in those communities. Unlike other national organizations, Colon Cancer Coalition focuses almost exclusively on local community based efforts that are tailored to the program and service needs of those within a specific community.

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Phone: (952-378-1237)
Twitter: @GYRIG
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The Colon Club

The Colon Club was founded in 2003 by two women who were diagnosed with colon cancer. The goal of the “club” is to connect young adults diagnosed with colorectal cancer together to provide a natural support system to allow them to draw on strength while fighting their disease. In connecting young diagnosed individuals, the “club” hopes to spread information regarding risk factors, genetic precursors, and symptoms of colon cancer as wide as possible.

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Ovarian Cancer Organizations

Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s (SGO) Foundation For Women’s Cancer

The foundation was founded by the SGO in 1991 as a nonprofit organization that provides funding for gynecologic cancer research in addition to educational programs and resources. Their programs have three main functions: raising public awareness, providing education about gynecologic cancers, and supporting innovative cancer researching. Members of the foundation are able to utilize the resources made available by the SGO, an exceptional source of resources for the issue.

Contact
Phone: (312-578-1439)
Email: FWCinfo@sgo.org
Twitter: @GYNCancer
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Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF)

The OCRF was founded in 1994 to serve as a source of grant money to be awarded to researchers who will work to understand, identify, treat, and cure ovarian cancer. The organization is the oldest and largest U.S. based charity providing funding for ovarian research. Through 255 grants to 69 medical centers, the OCRF has invested $70 million into ovarian cancer research. In addition to research, the fund also works to provide advocacy opportunities and support for patients and their families.

Contact
Phone: (212-268-1002)
Email: info@ocrfa.org
Twitter: @ocrfa
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Kidney Cancer Organizations

Kidney Cancer Association (KCA)

The KCA is a charitable organizations comprised of patients, family members, medical professionals, and researchers from across the world. The association is an international charity, and the first dedicated to eradicating fatal cases of renal cancers. With members in over 100 countries, it is the largest charity of its kind in the world. Primarily, the association funds and collaborates with other major cancer associations to create innovative research opportunities.

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Phone: (800-850-9132)
Twitter: @KidneyCancer
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The National Kidney Foundation

The National Kidney Foundation was founded in 1950 and gained its current name in 1964. The NKF participates in research with the hopes of eventually finding a cure for kidney cancer. However, the goal of the foundation is to connect with victims before kidney disease or cancer has occurred to prevent fatal developments from occurring. The foundation promotes healthy lifestyles and other medical information to give the public the ability to have a wealth of knowledge regarding their conditions.

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Phone: (800-622-9010)
Email: info@kidney.org
Twitter: @nkf
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Action To Cure Kidney Cancer (ACKC)

Founded in 2003, the ACKC is an organization by kidney cancer patients and their families, for kidney cancer patients and their families. The organization works to raise awareness of the cancer to ensure that kidney cancer research efforts get the funding necessary to continuously discover new and more effective treatment methods to better the lives of diagnosed victims. Some of the self-defined goals include educating government officials, expand a national network of supporters, provide funding to researchers, and support the medical professionals undertaking research efforts. For the general public, the ACKC offers ways to become advocates on capital hill and other legislative hubs to influence policy in ways that will benefit kidney cancer efforts.

Contact
Phone: (212-714-5341)
Executive Director Email: Bryan.Lewis@ackc.org
President Email: Jay.Bitkower@ackc.org
Vice President: Fred.Atkin@ackc.org
Twitter: @ACKCancer
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Leukemia Organizations

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)

LLS has been a major player in leukemia and lymphoma research efforts since it was founded in 1949. Presently, the LLS has over 300 active research projects exploring different avenues of research with the goal of saving as many lives as possible, as soon as possible. The society offers three primary resources to the world with the first being promoting and funding research efforts to treat and cure leukemia. The second of these is to offer all patients easy access to free, specialized blood cancer information in addition to support for all those affected by the disease. The last major resource offered by the society is providing a voice to all victims through advocacy on major legislative levels to ensure that these forms of cancer get the attention they deserve.

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Phone: (914-949-5213)
Twitter: @LLSusa
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Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF)

Established in Chicago to memorialize Sherwin Pessin in 1946, the LRF began working to expand Leukemia awareness in a time when the disease was well-known but not very well understood. However, in the last 70 years, the LRF has worked to raise money for research efforts to better understand Leukemia in any way possible. To date, the foundation has raised over $62 million for leukemia research and also works to raise the quality of life for those who are diagnosed with the debilitating from of cancer. The LRF focuses its efforts on three main endeavors: funding medical research, offering financial assistance to victims struggling financially, and running support programs for victims and their families. Overall, these efforts come together to increase the quality of life for all leukemia victims.

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Phone: (847-424-0600)
Twitter: @LeukemiaRF
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Childhood Leukemia Foundation

The Childhood Leukemia Foundation is a United States non-profit organization that focuses on leukemia occurrences in children and aims to empower those victims and their families by offering the tools and resources needed to combat the disease. To allow all victims equal access to their resources, the foundation offers their programs free of charge to all pediatric cancer patients in the United States. Unlike most other programs, the programs offered by the foundation are designed to cater specifically to meet the emotional and educational needs of children afflicted with leukemia. Since being founded in 1992, the foundation has expanded its hospital network to over 250 hospitals across major communities in the United States.

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Phone: (1-888-253-7109)
Phone: (1-732-920-8860)
Twitter: @clf4kids
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Lung Cancer Organizations

Lungcancer.org

Founded by CancerCare in 1998, Lungcancer.org is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing free support services to all those affected by a lung cancer diagnosis. This includes emotional support and support that aims to bolster a victims ability to make practical life changes that arise from the diagnosis. The sites primary purpose it to be a main hub for support and information. The services offered by the site include counseling and support groups, educational publications, and financial assistance for those who are financially unable to sustain economic stability while undergoing treatment for lung cancer. Although all services are provided for free, they are provided by trained medical professionals at the highest quality possible.

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Phone: (800-813-4673)
Administrative: (212-712-8400)
Email: info@cancercare.org

Lung Cancer Alliance

The Lung Cancer Alliance is the highest rated lung cancer specific non-profit organization in the United States and has been expanding its role in the fight against lung cancer since 1995. In the last 21 years, the alliance has played a role in nearly every major lung cancer advancement and has saved countless lives by funding research and offering support to those living with lung cancer. Their goal of tripling the amount of survivors over the next decade is set to be achieved through innovative research, giving more victims access to quality care, and by changing perspectives of those afflicted with the disease to get the entire public concerned about the effects of lung cancer.

Contact
Phone: (1-202-463-2080)
Information Line: (1-800-298-2436)
Email: info@lungcanceralliance.org
Twitter: @LCAorg
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Lung Cancer Foundation of American (LCFA)

The LCFA is an organization founded on the principles promoting the merits of scientific research aimed at finding a cure for lung cancer. While the organization does not offer a plentiful amount of support or education programs to survivors, they raise a significant amount of funds and awareness for lung cancer research. There are various events that any volunteer can run to raise money for research efforts and anyone can choose to donate if they desire to.

Contact
Phone: (507-354-1361)
Business: (323-741-4713)
Leadership Email: JBaranski@LCFAmerica.org
Events Email: Clker@LCFAmerica.org
Twitter: @lcfamerica
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Free To Breathe 

Free To Breathe is “a partnership of lung cancer survivors, advocates, researchers, healthcare professionals and industry leaders.” The goal of the organization is to decrease the amount of lung cancer fatalities as much as possible with a doubling of survivors by 2022. Efforts are placed in three common practices which are, increase funding for medical research, increase amount of victims participating in clinical trials, and empower the lung cancer community.

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Phone: (608-828-8852)
Twitter: @freetobreathe
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Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF)

The LCRF was formed from a merger between the original LCRF and Uniting Against Lung Cancer in 2015. The foundation functions as a nonprofit organization whose focus is solely on funding research efforts aimed at discovering better treatments or a cure for lung cancer. Raising funds for various research efforts is the primary endeavor undertaken by the foundation and they do so through foundation and volunteer led fundraising events. Anyone can get involved with the organization if they want to get involved in research fundraising.

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Phone: (212-588-1580)
Email: info@lungfund.org
Twitter: @Lung_Fund
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LUNGevity Foundation

The current form of the LUNGevity foundation was formed in 2010 after a partnership was finalized between the original LUNGevity Foundation and the Protect Your Lungs organization. While the original LUNGevity was formed in 2001, the partnership in 2010 greatly expanded their ability to serve the lung cancer community. The organization now works to accelerate research for early detection and more effective treatment methods while also supplying victims with a greater degree of community and educational based support. Victims can turn to the organization to learn about lung cancer or to seek out proven support resources to help them get through their battle with cancer.

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Phone: (312-407-6100)
Email: info@LUNGevity.org
Twitter: @LUNGevity
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Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF)

The ALCF is one of the nations preeminent patient-based philanthropies devoted to eradicating lung cancer “through research, early detection, education, and treatment.” In working with various medical professionals, organizations, victims, and families the organization works to identify methods that allow cancer victims to persevere through their battle with the disease. Since being established in 2006, the non-profit organization has raised over $30 million to fund lung cancer research and victim support programs. Anyone can find events or support resources to get involved and empower them against their disease.

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Founder Phone: (650-598-2857) ext. 216
Founder Email: bonnie@lungcancerfoundation.org
Twitter: @TheALCF
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The Lung Cancer Project

The Lung cancer Project is supported by some of the worlds most influential lung cancer organizations and since it’s founding in 2012, has sought to identify, understand, and remove stigma and barriers associated with a lung cancer diagnosis. The movement the organization intends to spearhead is focused on ensuring the all lung cancer victims receive the care they need to survive their battle with lung cancer. Unlike other research based organizations, The Lung Cancer Project bases its research on the social psychology relating to lung cancer. Most of its information and updates are dispersed through their twitter page.

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Twitter: @LungProject

Melanoma Skin Cancer

The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF)

The MRF is the largest independent melanoma focused nonprofit organization in the world with a stated commitment to supporting medical research and disease education for melanoma and its victims. The MRF offers resources for every facet of combating melanoma skin cancer. These resources include active advocacy for melanoma research and awareness, offering the largest community forum for victims to connect with, and a wide variety of support resources to empower victims to push through their diagnosis. The organization, which is celebrating its twentieth year, works to make its resources available to all those in need.

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Phone: (202-347-9675)
Phone: (800-673-1290)
Twitter: @CureMelanoma
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American Melanoma Foundation (AMF)

Originally known as the Merlin Foundation, the AMF was founded in 1990 by a group of victims and families who believed more needed to be done to support research efforts attempting to discover new treatment methods for melanoma. In the last 26 years, the foundation has expanded its efforts to include education and awareness programs in addition to support groups for victims and their relatives. Those who visit the foundation website can find resources to educate themselves, support groups to empower them, and ways to help raise funds for growing melanoma research efforts.

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The Society For Melanoma Research (SMR)

The SMR is staffed entirely by volunteer scientists who are constantly working to find the mechanisms responsible for melanoma with the intent to use that information to discover new therapies for the cancer. In uniting a diverse population of medical researchers, the SMR is able to promote innovation without wasting resources combating competition. While the society does not provide victim based resources like other organizations, it does offer ways for young medically interested individuals to get involved with melanoma research or others who are interested to get involved with raising awareness and funds for melanoma.

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Phone: (866-374-6338)
Email: info@SocietyMelanomaResearch.org
Twitter: @SocietyMelanoma
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Skin Cancer Foundation

Founded in 1976, The Skin Cancer Foundation focuses on the education of the public and medical community regarding melanoma and ways to detect and treat the disease. In fact, the foundation is the only international organization solely devoted to melanoma. The website receives over 10 million visits each year making it the number one melanoma resource page in the world. Available in six languages, the foundation has worked to ensure that all melanoma victims have the ability to educate themselves on their disease. With information ranging from prevention and common information to experiences and lifestyle changes, the foundation serves as a one-stop shop for melanoma information.

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Phone: (212-725-5176)
Content Request Email: pmelia@skincancer.org
Twitter: @SkinCancerOrg
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Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA)

Since being founded in 2007, the MRA has committed over $79 million to funding research aimed at understanding melanoma. This ability to raise and commit funds has led to the MRA being designated as the largest private funder of melanoma research in the Untied States. These funds are donated in the hopes that research will lead to cures and prevention methods that will end melanoma related fatalities and suffering. To get involved, individuals can donate to the alliance, raise awareness on social media, or use AmazonSmile with the MRA designation to raise money with every purchase.

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Email: info@curemelanoma.org
Twitter: @MelanomaReAlli
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Melanoma International Foundation (MIF)

Serving as a non-profit organization since 2003, the MIF works to provide guidance and support to diagnosed melanoma victims that is otherwise lacking for many victims. The foundation is the organizer of the largest melanoma awareness event in the world in addition toh other events held across the United States. Free screenings and educational programs are offered across the country as well, allowing diagnosed victims of all demographics to seek the help they need. Educational and support resources come in the form of print, webinars, videos, and in-person events.

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Phone: (866-463-6663)
Twitter: @melanomaintl
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David Cornfield Melanoma Foundation (DCMF)

Established in 2007 in memorial to David Cornfield, the foundation defines itself as “devoted to saving lives from melanoma through prevention and research.” In defining its objectives the foundation seeks to promote awareness, the importance of prevention and early-detection, and funding to research how to better understand melanoma. While ground efforts are based in Canada, the online resources are available to all.

Contact
Phone: (647-393-3263)
Email: contact@dcmf.ca
Twitter: @DCMFCanada
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Melanoma Education Foundation (MEF)

MEF was founded as a non-profit organization in 2000 with the designation of a preventative health organization. Rather than funding and supporting research, the foundation works to educate the public on the nature of the disease to promote early detection. This is due to the discovery that early detection of melanoma is the most effective treatment method to reduce the likelihood of melanoma fatalities. Education is especially important for children and teenagers, as simple knowledge regarding self-detection could give young victims a high chance of living long, healthy lives after diagnosis.

Contact
Phone: (978-535-3080)
Email: MEF@skincheck.org
Twitter: @FindMelanoma
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Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation 

The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation is dedicated to saving lives by educating the public on melanoma to promote early detection – often leading to the most effective prevention methods. Active since 1995, the foundation has provided thousands of presentations to schools across the country reaching 75,000 students and 6,000 education stuff. In raising awareness for a preventable and curable form of cancer, the foundation hopes that heightened awareness and knowledge will lead to a major reduction in melanoma fatality cases.

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Phone: (561-655-9655)
Email: info@melanomafoundation.com
Twitter: @RDKMELANOMA
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Lymphoma Organizations

Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF)

The LRF was founded in 2001 through a merger of the Cure for Lymphoma Foundation (CLF) and the Lymphoma Research Foundation of America (LRFA). The foundation is now the largest non-profit organization in the United States who’s devoted exclusively to lymphoma research and education efforts. In funding research to gain an understanding of lymphomas origins, treatments, and cures, the foundation is at the forefront of many lymphoma medical advances. Additionally, by offering multiple lymphoma specific programs across the nation, over 60,000 individuals are able to gain a better understanding of the disease each year.

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Phone: (212-349-2910)
Toll Free: (800-500-9976)
Email: LRF@lymphoma.org
Twitter: @lymphoma 
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Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation (CLF)

The CLF is a non-profit patient advocacy organization whose goals include raising lymphoma awareness, educating the community, advancing victim care, and promoting vital medical research. The foundation offers multiple ways for lymphoma victims and their families to find programs that raise community awareness while constructing support systems for recovery. Additionally, a plethora of resources to educate individuals on necessary information regarding a lymphoma diagnosis are also widely available on the foundation’s website.

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Phone: (248-644-9014)
Twitter: @skinlymphoma 
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Lymphoma Coalition (LC)

The LC is a worldwide network of lymphoma patient groups that has been incorporated since 2010 with the stated goal of forming a support community to help lymphoma victims receive the support and care needed. As of 2016, there are 66 member organizations from 44 countries who are united “to free the world of lymphomas.” The main role of the coalition is to be a universal source for facts and resources while raising lymphoma awareness. Additionally, seeks to build foundations for other lymphoma groups to grow in their providing capabilities.

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Twitter: @knowyournodes
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Pancreatic Cancer Organizations

Pancreatic Cancer Alliance (PCA)

Founded in 2003, the PCA is an influential entity in the pancreatic cancer research community with its base of operations at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the UMass Memorial Cancer Center of Excellence. The alliance is staffed by volunteers who have been effected by pancreatic cancer and want to bring an end to pancreatic cancer caused fatalities. Stated goals of the alliance include raising funds for victims, heightening public awareness, and educating patients on the issues of pancreatic cancers.

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Phone: (866-597-4673)
Email: Info@PancreaticAlliance.org
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Pancreatica.org By Cancer Patients Alliance

A product of the Cancer Patients Alliance, Pancreatica.org is a website dedicated to providing pancreatic cancer patients and their families with accurate information regarding treatment methods and lifestyle changes. The site has information for standard researchers in addition to scientific articles geared towards continuing the education of medical professionals. While the website does not take the place of a qualified medical doctor, it has the necessary information for a victim to make educated decisions regarding their future treatment pursuits.

Contact
Phone: (831-658-0600)
Email: info@pancreatica.org
Twitter: @Pancreatica
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Lustgarten Foundation 

The Lustgarten Foundation is dedicated to advancing scientific and medical research working to gain a deeper understanding of the mechanics of pancreatic cancer. These efforts are put forth through raising funds for research, promoting dialogue in medical communities, and increasing public awareness regarding all aspects of pancreatic cancer. Those who are seeking to gain a better understanding of pancreatic cancer can use the foundation website to learn from dozens of published research pieces.

Contact
Phone: (516-803-2304)
Toll Free: (1-866-789-1000)
Twitter: @LFPancreaticCan
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The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a nationwide network of individuals involved in pancreatic cancer research and support who have made the most imminent major goal of the last decade. The network is working towards a goal of doubling the rate of pancreatic cancer survivors by the year 2020. This effort is spearheaded by the networks fundraising efforts to fund major scientific and medical research endeavors whose goals are to find a cure or more effective treatment options for pancreatic cancer.

Contact
Phone: (877-435-8650)
Email: info@pancan.org
Twitter: @PanCAN
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National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation (NPCF)

The NPCF was founded as a non-profit organization in 2009 with the goal of providing support to as many pancreatic cancer victims and their families as possible. The organization works by holding programs in various communities that provide information and support to those who are in need. Additionally, fundraisers are regularly held to raise funds for research and other programs and support systems.

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Phone: (800-859-6723)
Twitter: @NationalPCF
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The National Pancreas Foundation (NPF)

Founded in 1997, the NPF has given $3 million to over 100 medical research projects whose efforts are aimed at finding a cure or more effective treatment methods for pancreatic cancer. The foundation manages its own charitable foundation to allow themselves to issue grants to researchers unabated. Outside of raising money for research, the organization also provides support and education resources directly to victims and their families in various communities to ensure that all those effected never feel alone.

Contact
Phone: (301-961-1508)
Toll Free: (866-726-2737)
Email: info@pancreasfoundation.org
Twitter: @NatPancFdn
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Prostate Cancer Organizations

Women Against Prostate Cancer (WAPC)

WAPC is a grassroots network of female volunteers who have all been affected by the devastating disease, prostate cancer. The network was established in 2007 and has acted as a source for support and education ever since. The organization works to raise awareness for prostate cancer through education, legislation, and treatment efforts. While women are not directly effected by the disease, the effects it has on significant males in their lives often cause them to search for answers and support for them and their families.

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Email: info@womenagainstprostatecancer.org
Twitter: @WomenAgainstPCa
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ZERO

ZERO is a national nonprofit organization that leads the fight against prostate cancer through research, education, and support. The ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk is the largest men’s health event in America and is a major fundraiser for the organizations efforts. As their name suggests, the goal of the organization is to have zero reported prostate cancer deaths and zero individuals suffering from the disease. While most efforts include raising and allocating funds for prostate cancer research, the organization also offers extensive resources to give support and educational opportunities to victims.

Contact
Phone: (1-888-245-9455)
Email: info@zerocancer.org
Email: races@zerocancer.org
Twitter: @ZEROCancer
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Malecare

Founded in 1997, Malecare has gained a reputation for serving African-American, LGBTQ and Native American cancer survivor populations. The organization is managed by medical professionals are work to provide education and support resources to a diverse array of cancer stricken populations. Resources can be used online or pursued within local communities as the organization works to provide support groups to as many communities as possible.

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Phone:(212-673-4920)
Email: info@malecare.org
Twitter: @prostatenews
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Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN)

The PHEN is a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 by Thomas A. Farrington to combat the high occurrence rate of prostate cancer in black men. The organization promotes its Rally Against Prostate Cancer initiative which is a collection of national initiatives geared toward spreading knowledge and awareness of prostate cancer. These initiatives can involve anyone who is interested in prostate cancer awareness whether in-person or online.

Contact
Phone: (617-481-4020)
Email: rapcancer@prostatehealthed.org
Twitter: @RAPCancer
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Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC)

Founded in 1989, the PCEC is a nonprofit organization committed to men’s health and serves as one of the nation’s leading prostate health resources. The organization is a genuine council comprise of medical professionals who have extensive experience in the medical field in working on prostate cancer research and treatment efforts. Over 5,000,000 men have been screen for prostate cancer because of PCEC efforts.

Contact
Phone: (303-316-4685)
Toll Free: (866-477-6788)
Email: info@prostateconditions.org
Twitter: @4prost8health
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Ed Randall’s Fans For The Cure 

Ed Randall’s Fans For The Cure works to promote awareness to increase the occurrences of doctor checkups and other medical endeavors to detect prostate cancer as early as possible. These efforts are especially geared towards men over the age of 40. The organization website serves as a information and news hub for prostate cancer and prostate cancer awareness efforts.

Contact

Phone: (1-866-466-2873)
Email: edrandall@fans4thecure.org
Twitter: @fans4thecure
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National Alliance of State Prostate Cancer Coalitions (NASPCC) 

NASPCC was founded in 2004 by representatives of 25 states to serve as an umbrella organization for state prostate cancer coalitions, task forces, and foundations. The coalition works to form two or three state prostate coalitions per year as well as sponsor education opportunities organized by various medical professionals. In using a strength in numbers method, the coalition hopes to reduce or eliminate prostate cancer fatalities. Their website serves as a directory to find state coalitions and other necessary resources to begin your prostate cancer research.

Contact
Toll Free: (877-627-7228)
Email: info@naspcc.org

Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF)

The PCF was founded in 1993 and has since become the worlds leading philanthropic organization working to accelerate prostate cancer research. To date, the organization has raised over $660 million for more than 2,000 research projects. In addition to raising funds for research, the PCF serves as a primary source of news for care and research information and connects those affected by prostate cancer with the updates, developments, and news needed to continue progress.

Contact
Phone: (310-570-4700)
Toll Free: (1-800-757-2873)
Email: info@pcf.org
Twitter: @PCFnews
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Us Too

Us Too is the largest nonprofit international prostate cancer education and support network currently active. Founded in 1990, the organization serves as a resource for peer-led prostate cancer support and education materials – always offered to victims free of charge. Their network is comprised of hundreds of support groups and chapters with all meetings absolutely free for those affected by prostate cancer. If in-person resources are not preferred, the organization website also offers comprehensive digital resources for those who wish to maintain a greater sense of privacy as they begin their research endeavor.

Contact
Phone: (630-795-1002)
Helpline: (800-808-7866)
Email: ustoo@ustoo.org
Twitter: @UsTOOHQ
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Thyroid Cancer Organizations

ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. 

ThyCa has been active since 1995 as a nonprofit organization by thyroid cancer survivors, their family members, and medical professionals for thyroid cancer victims and their families. The organization has worked to develop a network of services that allow victims and medical professionals to connect and better understand the disease and how to treat it. The stated mission of the group includes: educating the public on the disease, participating in discussions, communicating to disperse valuable information, and supporting research as much as possible.

Contact
Phone: (877-588-7904)
Email: thyca@thyca.org
Twitter: @ThyCalnc
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The Light Of Life Foundation

An independent nonprofit organization, the Light of Life Foundation is a global network of victims and medical professionals who regularly come together to raise awareness for the severity of thyroid cancer. The network works to support thyroid cancer research by cultivating relationships between researchers to serve as a catalyst for the spread of innovative ideas. In addition to awareness efforts, the group also offers all victims and families education and support resources available online and in communities.

Contact
Phone: (1-609-409-0900)
Email: checkyourneck.com
Twitter: @checkyourneck
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