When you include the American Institute for Cancer Research in your estate plans, you make a major difference in the fight against cancer.

Corporate Champions who partner with the American Institute for Cancer Research stand at the forefront of the fight against cancer

The Continuous Update Project (CUP) is an ongoing program that analyzes global research on how diet, nutrition and physical activity affect cancer risk and survival.

A major milestone in cancer research, the Third Expert Report analyzes and synthesizes the evidence gathered in CUP reports and serves as a vital resource for anyone interested in preventing cancer.

AICR has pushed research to new heights, and has helped thousands of communities better understand the intersection of lifestyle, nutrition, and cancer.

Read real-life accounts of how AICR is changing lives through cancer prevention and survivorship.

We bring a detailed policy framework to our advocacy efforts, and provide lawmakers with the scientific evidence they need to achieve our objectives.

AICR champions research that increases understanding of the relationship between nutrition, lifestyle, and cancer.

AICR’s resources can help you navigate questions about nutrition and lifestyle, and empower you to advocate for your health.

AICR is committed to putting what we know about cancer prevention into action. To help you live healthier, we’ve taken the latest research and made 10 Cancer Prevention Recommendations.

January 22, 2020 | 1 minute read

Melissa Habedank Bender

Melissa Habedank Bender is the Senior Director of External Relations for the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).  In this position, she builds and leads evidence-to-action programs and professional partnerships that support and sustain translational science, training for health professionals, and clinical-to-communities initiatives. Melissa began her career in health legislation and advocacy, spending nearly a decade working in the U.S. Congress to develop and pass landmark health, nutrition and education legislation before working on public health campaigns in East Africa and Southeast Asia.  Immediately prior to joining AICR, Melissa served as Director of Strategy and Innovation and Interim Director of Quality Improvement for a multi-county network of community health centers in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Melissa holds a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University and a BA (Hons.) in Communications.

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