About The Society
American Cancer Society has been waging war against cancer for nearly a
century, and our commitment to defeating the disease has never wavered.
For the more than 1.4 million people who will be diagnosed with cancer
this year, the American Cancer Society provides hope as we grow closer
each day to finding a cure.
nearly a century, the American Cancer Society has fought for every
birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. By taking what
we’ve learned through research and turning it into what we do, we have
contributed to a 20 percent decrease in the overall cancer death rate
between 1991 and 2009. That means that we helped save 400 lives a day
and created the potential for more birthday celebrations. Overall, 14
million cancer survivors in America will celebrate a birthday this year.
Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by:
- Helping you stay well by taking steps to prevent
cancer or detect it early, when it is most treatable. We offer tips,
tools, and online resources to help you live a healthy lifestyle to
reduce your cancer risk, and we help you understand what cancer
screenings are right for you.
- Helping you get well by being in your corner around
the clock and guiding you through every step of the cancer experience.
We provide information to help you and your loved ones make decisions
about care, help you find moral support from others who have faced
cancer, and offer free services like transportation to and from cancer
treatment or a free place to stay while receiving treatment far from
- Finding cures by funding and conducting
groundbreaking research into cancer’s causes, cures, and treatments. As
the largest non-governmental funder of cancer research in the United
States, having spent more than $3.6 billion on cancer research since
1946, we’ve played a role in nearly every major cancer breakthrough in
- Fighting back by working with lawmakers everywhere
to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities around the
globe to join our fight.
the first time in history, cancer incidence rates are on a decline.
With your help, we will continue to make progress toward a cure by
fighting cancer on all fronts:
the largest non-governmental funder of cancer research in the nation,
the Society has contributed more than $3.4 billion to cancer research
since the inception of its research grants program in 1946. The Society
has been a part of every major advance related to cancer in history.
Communicating vital information about prevention and early detection to hospitals, doctors, and in communities nationwide.
Working with lawmakers at the local and national level to ensure that cancer-related issues remain a national priority.
Through various patient service programs, community support groups across the nation, and informational resources at cancer.org
and 800-227-2345, the American Cancer Society is there for patients and
families, no matter where they are or when they need help.