The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.
Research – The American Cancer Society is the largest non-governmental source of cancer research funding in the United States. Through the years, 47 ACS-funded scientists have won the Nobel Prize. Today, ACS is funding $406,873,559 in research grants at across the country!
Education – We reach out to millions of people each year with the good news that most cancer can be prevented by making healthy, every day choices. We part
ner with community groups, schools, faith organizations, corporations and others to bring practical, cancer-fighting information to people nationwide.
Advocacy – ACS promotes effective cancer policies and legislation at the federal, state and local levels. Current advocacy efforts include allocating local and state money for breast cancer prevention and awareness efforts, creating a smoke-free environment in the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and increasing the tax on tobacco products.
Patient Services – Nationwide, ACS answers 1.1 million calls to our 24/7 national cancer information center each year. From the moment of diagnosis and throughout the cancer journey, ACS provides a circle of care that offers patients compreh
ensive information, day-to-day help and emotional support so they can make informed decisions for the highest quality of life possible. In addition to our many free programs and services, we maintain a database of community resources to assist patients.
Since 1991, cancer death rates have declined in the U.S. by 23%, due to ACS research, but we can’t stop there! About 600,920 Americans are expected to die of cancer in 2017, which translates into about 1,650 people per day. We are committed to improving these devastating odds.