American Cancer Society CEO Talks Tobacco Lawsuits And More

Marlboro Gold and other Marlboro varieties of cigarettes are displayed in a Little Rock, Ark., store Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. A judge in Arkansas has granted class-action status to a lawsuit that claims Philip Morris USA deliberately exaggerated the safety of its Marlboro Lights cigarettes. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
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Outgoing American Cancer Society CEO Dr. John Seffrin discusses the latest issues in the war against cancer with Rose Scott and Denis O'Hayer on ''A Closer Look.''

More than 1.5 million Americans face a cancer diagnosis this year alone. The American Cancer Society also estimates almost 590,000 people will die from the illness in 2015.

College basketball player Lauren Hill was one of them. She lost her battle with brain cancer Friday. The 19-year-old Hill succumbed to an inoperable brain tumor.

Other cancer battles in the headlines this week, included a federal appeals court ruling in Florida that could make it tougher for smokers and their families to collect damages from tobacco companies. 

The head of the Atlanta-based American Cancer Society Dr. John Seffrin, who is leaving the non-profit after more than 20 years at the helm, talked with Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer about these issues and more on “A Closer Look.”