The American Cancer Society is the leading cancer-fighting organization with a vision of ending cancer as we know it, for everyone. We are the only organization working to improve the lives of people with cancer and their families through advocacy, research, and patient support, to ensure everyone has an opportunity to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer.
At the American Cancer Society, we're on a mission to free the world from cancer. Until we do, we'll be funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. All so you can live longer - and better.
While most people know us for our research, we do so much more. We attack cancer from every angle. We promote healthy lifestyles to help you prevent cancer. We research cancer and its causes to find more answers and better treatments. We fight for lifesaving policy changes. We provide everything from emotional support to the latest cancer information for those who have been touched by cancer. And we do it all 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
How the American Cancer Society is Saving Lives:
The ABCD of Attacking from Every Angle
We are ACTIVISTS – convening relentless partners for awareness and impact.
We deliver BREAKTHROUGHS – investing in innovative research to develop game-changing approaches.
We build COMMUNITIES – united to fight cancer with compassion and access to treatment.
We provide DIRECTION – as a passionate ally, empowering people with information and answers.
Access to Care
We believe no one should die of cancer because they cannot get the quality care they need. We are working to increase screening and reduce cancer risk for underserved communities and boost our investment in our transportation and lodging programs to help patients receive treatment and support.
Patient and Caregiver Services
We provide patients and caregivers with resources that can help improve – and even save – lives. From free rides to chemo, places to stay when treatment is far from home, and our live 24/7 helpline, we’re here for everyone with cancer questions and concerns, when and where they need us.
We are transforming the care and long-term health of the 15.5 million cancer survivors in the US through innovative ways to mitigate the harmful long-term effects from cancer and cancer treatment.
We’re making progress
By taking what we’ve learned through research and translating it into action, we’ve contributed to a 29% decrease in the overall US cancer death rate since 1991. That means that we helped avoid nearly 2.9 million cancer deaths during that time.