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American Cancer Society is 100 Years Old

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Wednesday is a big day for the American Cancer Society.

The nation's largest voluntary health organization is celebrating its 100th birthday. The American Cancer Society plays a critical role in most major breakthroughs having to do with the prevention of cancer, early detection, and treatment. St. Vincent HealthCare Frontier Cancer Center Physician Patrick Cobb says the ACS is crucial to treating cancer.

"There's no question that the American Cancer Society does a great job of supporting our patients through helping to fund navigators, to get information about the toxicities of treatment, to the types of support that are out there. They really are an invaluable resource to our patients," says Cobb.

According to American Cancer Society District Executive Director Kristi Oaks, the nonprofit has helped in the area of treatment and prevention of cancers like leukemia, breast cancer, and cervical cancer.

"Its a chance for us to not only look backwards on what we've accomplished in all of our one hundred years but its also a chance for us to look forward and hoping to eliminate cancer as a health concern in the next century," says Oaks.

Many cancer survivors have benefited from the agency's efforts. One of them is Billings resident Vicki Olson Johnson.

"The information I found out was a life changer for me," says Olson Johnson.

The American Cancer Society funded a researcher who discovered the BRCA Gene One and Two, and Vicki's involvement in ACS allowed her to test for the gene, which saved her life.

"But I had beat it early enough that the second time, I didn't have to do chemotherapy. So I'm really thankful for the funding from the cancer society," says Olson Johnson.

To help out, you can participate in the American Cancer Society's major fundraiser in Billings, Relay For Life, which is held July 12th and 13th at West High School.

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