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