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HONcode status
Certificate of compliance with the Code of Conduct HONcode

HONcode status The health Website
American Cancer Society - ACS
is in compliance with the HONcode

Title of the site:American Cancer Society - ACS
Web address:http://www.cancer.org/
HONcode PIN number :HONConduct788421
Date of initial review: 01 Aug 1996
Validity of certificate22 Oct 2010 - Oct 2012
Date of last visit11 Apr 2012

This certificate confirms the revision of the site by the HONcode Team at the above date.
It respects and pledges to honor the 8 principles of the HON Code of Conduct (HONcode).

* 1. Authoritative   2. Complementarity   3. Privacy   4. Attribution   5. Justifiability   6. Transparency
    7. Financial disclosure   8. Advertising policy

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The Health on the Net (HON) certificate serves as a guarantee that this website, at the date of its certification, complies with and pledges to honor the 8 principles of the HON Code of Conduct as drawn up by the HON foundation.

The responsible of the certified site commits to keep the site in compliance with the HON code principles for the duration of the certification.

Although measures such as a complaint mechanism, the periodical review and the automatic surveillance mechanisms are put in place to guarantee the compliance of the certified website with the ethical principles of HON as much as possible, incidental inaccuracies cannot be completely excluded. In no event the HON foundation and/or its partner(s) can be held liable for any damages resulting from the use or inability to use HON certified websites nor can the HON foundation and/or its partner(s) be held liable for the content of these certified websites, including, but not limited to the information of third-parties or hyperlinks accessible via HON certified websites.

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You will find below the elements identified by the HONcode team at a precise date to justify the respect of the 8 ethical principles.

The content of this certificate has been collected and written by the Health On the Net Foundation (HON) and should not be used without previous permission granted by HON. A request for permission can be sent to: HON.

1. Information must be authoritative
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has 12 chartered Divisions, more than 900 local offices nationwide, and a presence in more than 5,100 communities.
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For the collaborative platform:

You should know that all comments are moderated by ACS staff.
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2. Presentation of the site
American Cancer Society 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.

International mission statement

The American Cancer Society's international mission concentrates on capacity building in developing cancer societies and on collaboration with other cancer-related organizations throughout the world in carry...
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For the collaborative platform:

Our goal is to share ideas and information with as many individuals as possible, and our policy is to accept the majority of comments made to the Expert Voices blog.

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Providing the public with accurate, up-to-date information on cancer is a priority for the American Cancer Society.

The American Cancer Society's web site is an important extension of the Society's mission to provide lifesaving information to the public.
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Purpose of the website
This World Wide Web site with its home page in the domain "cancer.org" (the "Website") is a complimentary information and interactive community service offered by the American Cancer Society, Inc. ("ACS")

Medical Disclaimer

You acknowledge that the information on the Website is provided "as is" for general information only. It is not intended as medical advice, and should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with qualified health professionals who are familiar with your individual medical needs.

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For the collaborative platform:

Posted comments and images are not intended as medical advice and do not necessarily represent the views of the American Cancer Society. External, non-ACS links on this site do not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the ACS.
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3. Confidentiality
Your health-related information is privileged and confidential and will not be shared or released to any organization or business entity other than those affiliated with or working in conjunction with ACS as follows:
The American Cancer Society (“ACS”) respects the privacy of every individual who visits http://www.cancer.org (“Web site”). This notice explains our online information practices. Because your privacy is important to us, we provide you with notice and choices about the collection and use of your information. To make this notice easy to find, links are provided at the bottom of our homepage and on every page within our Web site. Additionally, each page that requests personally identifiable information reminds you of the importance of your privac...  (20 Mar 2012) - Link

4. Information must be documented: Referenced and dated
Only data for one sample are displayed among those selected.
References: Prostate cancer detailed guide

Akaza H, Hinotsu S, Usami M, et al; Study Group for the Combined Androgen Blockade Therapy of Prostate Cancer. Combined androgen blockade with bicalutamide for advanced prostate cancer: Long-term follow-up of a phase 3, double-blind, randomized study for survival. Cancer. 2009;115:3437-3445.

Algotar AM, Thompson PA, Ranger-Moore J, et al. Effect of aspirin, other NSAIDs, and statins on PSA and PSA velocity. Prostate. 2010;70:883-888.

American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2012. Atlanta, Ga: Ameri...
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Cancer in Children
Last Medical Review: 07/22/2011
Last Revised: 01/09/2012

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5. Justification of claims
This principle is not applicable for this site 

6. User support and adequation
Our trained Cancer Information Specialists can answer questions 24 hours a day, every day of the year to empower you with accurate, up to date information to help you make educated health decisions. We connect patients, caregivers, and family members with valuable services and resources. Or ask us how you can get involved and support the fight against cancer. Learn more about how we can help.
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The American Cancer Society is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and has more than 900 local offices nationwide. For tax purposes, please use the...
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If you find an inappropriate comment on this blog, please email...
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7. Disclosure of funding sources

Combined Financial Statements
IRS Form 990s
American Cancer Society Annual Report
American Cancer Society Stewardship Report

The code of ethics and conflicts of interest policy ("Code") of the American Cancer Society, Inc. establishes the ethical standards for associates of the Society.
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8. Advertising policy
For the collaborative platform:

However, a comment will be deleted if it contains:
Marketing copy that promotes services or products
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