2017 Philadelphia Science Festival

AACR scientists answer the question “What Is Cancer?” at this popular Philadelphia gathering highlighting the importance of science.


For the second straight year, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) was a sponsor of the 2017 Philadelphia Science Festival held on April 29.

The AACR is proud to participate in this event that highlights the importance of science in our lives. Research is critical to preventing and curing the many forms of cancer that will be diagnosed in nearly 1.7 million people living in the United States this year.

Hundreds of people of all ages showed the impact of cancer on so many of us, by placing thumbprints, representing leaves on a tree, on posters celebrating cancer survivors and honoring the memories of those who have died of cancer.

At the AACR booth at the Science Carnival at Penn's Landing, participants also got hands-on answers to the question "What is Cancer?" from AACR scientists. They discussed how alterations to DNA can lead to the development of cancer, provided tips on how you can lower your cancer risk factors, and used microscopes to show participants the difference between a healthy cell and a cancer cell.

AACR scientists also discussed what types of careers are important to advance cancer research, treatment, and prevention.

Children of all ages created their own cancer awareness ribbons with this coloring sheet.

Who Is The AACR?

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the first and largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to preventing and curing cancer through research, education, communication, and collaboration. Through our programs and services, the AACR fosters research in cancer and related biomedical science; accelerates the dissemination of new research findings among scientists and others dedicated to the conquest of cancer; promotes science education and training; and advances the understanding of cancer etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment throughout the world.

Cancer Research Is the Answer

Cancer is not a single disease, but many diseases all characterized by the uncontrolled proliferation of cells. In the United States and worldwide, thousands of men and women in laboratories and clinics, universities, medical centers, government, and industry are working to find new ways to prevent, detect, and treat all forms of cancer. In the United States alone, cancer will be diagnosed in nearly 1.7 million people and nearly 600,000 will die of cancer this year.

Join Us in the Fight Against Cancer

Cancer touches nearly everyone. Help us advance progress against cancer by joining the AACR's Runners for Research team, volunteering to support the AACR, or making a donation to support lifesaving cancer research. Eighty-eight cents of every dollar you give supports cancer research. Learn more about cancer through the AACR's community education initiatives here.

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is a 501c3 registered nonprofit organization with offices at 615 Chestnut Street, 17th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | 215.440.9300