First presented in 1993, the ASCO-American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Award recognizes significant contributions to cancer prevention and control research or practice. ASCO and the American Cancer Society jointly support this award; however, the recipient is chosen by ASCO.

The award is presented during the ASCO Annual Meeting and the recipient is highlighted in ASCO Daily News, on the ASCO website and in other Annual Meeting publications.  The recipient is invited to deliver a 30-minute lecture on a pertinent topic in geriatric oncology.  The lecture will be recorded with ASCO support in advance of the Annual Meeting and made available to all Annual Meeting attendees. ASCO may in some situations invite the recipient to deliver the lecture as part of an Annual Meeting session.

The award consists of a $5,000 honorarium, a commemorative plaque, and support to the recipient to attend the Annual Meeting in the year the award is conferred.



Generously supported by the American Cancer Society.


To be eligible for this award, candidates must:

  • Be an ASCO member
  • Have made a significant contribution to cancer prevention and control research or practice
  • Be a distinguished lecturer
  • Not have received this award before

Candidates for the award are nominated by the ASCO membership and are considered by the Joint Special Awards Selection Committee. The Committee considers all nominations as they have been submitted; recommendations are then forwarded to the Board of Directors for final approval.

ASCO Board Members and Officers are not eligible to receive Special Awards from the time they are elected through the end of the calendar year in which their Board terms conclude. Joint Special Award Selection Committee members are not eligible to receive Special Awards during their service on the Committee.

Please send all inquiries about this award to Special Awards.

2023 Recipient
Deborah Schrag, MD, FASCO, MPH