Aflac Foundation Helps Underwrite New Cancer Information Website
Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education Initiates Georgia's First ComprehensiveOnline Cancer Information Center
COLUMBUS, Ga. – March 27, 2012 – Aflac, the number one provider of supplemental insurance in the United States, serving more than 465,000 businesses and 50 million people worldwide, has donated $25,000 to the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (CORE) to help improve cancer care in Georgia. The donation will help sustain Georgia CORE's new website, GeorgiaCancerInfo.org, which is an information tool designed to improve clinical research throughout the state. Georgia CORE is an independent, nonprofit organization.
Patients and families use the website to share and research valuable information on cancer care that helps them in making important decisions, including searchable profiles on oncologists in Georgia and lists of clinical trials being conducted by researchers. Health care professionals also use the site for the latest information on clinical trials, oncologists, treatment guidelines and cancer treatment sites.
"When people face a challenging medical diagnosis, they need ready access to clear and accurate information about clinical trials, medical experts and other concerns," Aflac Foundation President Kathelen Amos said. "We are proud to underwrite this website because it cuts through the clutter of the Internet to provide Georgia families with dependable data by typing a few letters on a keyboard."
Since 1995, Aflac has raised more than $75 million for childhood cancer treatment and research, including more than $70 million contributed to the Aflac Cancer Center in Atlanta. Aflac has made childhood cancer its primary philanthropic cause. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Georgia; 1,638,910 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2012, according to the American Cancer Society's 2012 Cancer Facts & Figures.
When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For more than 55 years, Aflac insurance policies have helped provide a safety net and given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance. In Japan, Aflac is the number one life insurance company in terms of individual policies in force. Aflac insurance products provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. For six consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies and by Forbes magazine as one of America's Best-Managed Companies in the Insurance category. In 2012, FORTUNE magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the 14th consecutive year. Also, Fortune magazine included Aflac on its list of Most Admired Companies for the 11th time in 2012. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To learn more about Aflac, visit aflac.com or aflacenespanol.com.
ABOUT GEORGIA CORE
Georgia CORE was established in 2003 as a catalyst to increase availability of and access to clinical trials – qualities known to be innovative hallmarks of quality cancer care. The Board of Directors, composed of community oncologists, scientists, nurses and educators, represents leading private practices, cancer centers, academic institutions and all programs in Georgia funded by the National Cancer Institute. Georgia CORE is a private nonprofit funded by the Georgia Cancer Coalition – an initiative of the Georgia Research Alliance, the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation. Find more information at georgiacore.org.
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