American Cancer Society

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Basic Information

Address: New Orleans Office 2605 River Road New Orleans, LA 70121
Phone Number: 337-237-3797
Fax Number: 337-237-6907
Director: Chantel Mayfield

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Additional Information

Causes Served: cancer
Population Served: all
Ages for Volunteer: all
Hours of Service: varies
Minimum Hours Required: varies
Days of Service: varies
Mission Statement:

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

The goal of the American Cancer Society (ACS) is to prevent cancer, save lives, and diminish suffering from cancer.

Program History:

The American Cancer Society was founded in 1913 as the American Society for the Control of Cancer (ASCC). This group was started by 15 well-known doctors and business leaders in New York City. The start of this group was a very important event in the history of public health.

In those early days, cancer was rarely mentioned in public. The disease was steeped in a climate of fear and denial. At that time cancer claimed 75,000 lives a year in the United States alone. The Society's founders knew they had to raise public awareness if progress was to be made. The number of doctors, nurses, patients and family members who had to be reached was overwhelming. Despite the enormity of their task, the founders and their colleagues set about writing articles for popular magazines and professional journals. They also published Campaign Notes, a monthly bulletin of cancer information, and recruited doctors throughout the country to help teach the public about cancer.


Relay For Life
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Daffodil Days

Additional Information:

The American Cancer Society has a vatriety of volunteer opportunities within its Louisiana territories. Please contact us to be directed to the appropriate program.