What is ACC?
- ACC is a rare form of cancer that typically presents in the head and neck.
- This cancer has a slow, and sometimes relentless, progression, characterized by frequent recurrences and metastases to sites such as the lungs, liver and bones.
- ACC is an equal-opportunity disease that can strike anyone. It is not inherited and is not associated with smoking, drinking, infection or ethnicity. Women comprise about 60% of ACC cases.
- ACC often afflicts young and middle-aged patients. The median age at diagnosis for ACC patients is a decade younger than for all cancer patients.
- No chemotherapies or targeted drugs have been approved for ACC. Research is needed to find effective therapies for ACC patients