American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society

Who we are

The American Cancer Society is passionately committed to fighting every cancer and helping every community. We are the largest community-based voluntary health organization in the world, with 3 million dedicated volunteers saving lives from cancer every day.


We are saving lives

We are finishing the fight against cancer four ways:



  • Half of all cancer deaths in the US could be prevented if people did what we know works: avoiding tobacco, maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise, and getting recommended cancer screenings. We spread the word in communities across the country and fight for local, state, and federal policies that help keep us healthy.
  • We set the guidelines your doctor uses for early detection and prevention and we work to promote cancer screenings. For example, it’s our goal to increase colon cancer screening rates to 80 percent by 2018.



  • The American Cancer Society helps 1 million people touched by cancer each year get the help they need when and where they need it.
  • We’re available every day, all day, whenever you need us to provide reliable cancer information that helps patients and families understand their diagnosis and make decisions about treatment. You’ll find us online and at our free information hotline.
  • We help patients and their families with their most pressing needs: getting rides to treatment, navigating the health care system, dealing with the side effects of treatment. Whatever the need, we can help.



  • We are the largest private funder of cancer research, contributing to nearly every major cancer research breakthrough in recent history.
  • We fill a unique need, funding young investigators that have trouble getting funded for new ideas. Our track record of funding 47 Nobel Prize winners early in their careers demonstrates our ability to identify the best and brightest ideas.
  • We have brought research to our communities: more than a quarter of a million people have joined our Cancer Prevention Study-3, which will give us more insight into cancer than ever before.



  • Cancer can be fought as much through public policy as in the laboratory. Together with our nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM (ACS CAN), we have helped:
    • Enact policies that prevent cancer, such as smoke-free laws and others that prevent and curb cigarette smoking.
    • Educate lawmakers on policies that provide access to quality and affordable health care, including lifesaving cancer screenings and treatments.
    • Encourage increased federal investment in cancer research.
    • Cancer mortality rates in the US have fallen by 20 percent during the past two decades: that’s 400 lives saved from cancer every day. We are working to save 1,000 lives a day domestically and one day 10,000 lives a day worldwide.
    • Today 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with cancer survive. Our goal is to make that 3 out of 3.
    • We are putting all of our efforts toward saving more lives, faster. Today we’re focusing on key areas where we know we can make progress quickly. We’re honing in on the biggest cancer killers, where we have proven strategies to help reduce the burden, like tobacco control and colon cancer screening.
    • The American Cancer Society may not be a publicly traded company but we are publicly held. Being a leader in transparency and accountability is very important to us.
    • We hold ourselves to the highest standards and are as tough on ourselves as we are on cancer.
    • You can tell the American Cancer Society is spending donor dollars wisely by looking at our results. No other organization can attempt what we continue to accomplish in the fight to end cancer.
    • Get involved in your community by volunteering or participating in an event, like Relay For Life® or Making Strides Against Breast Cancer®.
    • Join the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Networkand help make cancer a national priority.
    • Make a donation to help save more lives faster.
    • Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter (@AmericanCancer).

We are making progress – but we can do more

We use our resources wisely

We need your help to finish the fight

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