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OUR MISSION

At the American Cancer Society, we have a vision to end cancer as we know it, for everyone.

 

We're improving the lives of cancer patients and their families through advocacy, research, and patient support to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer.

 

The American Cancer Society is the largest private funder of cancer research in the United States, with more than $5 billion invested in live-saving research for cancer prevention, detection and treatment. 

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One in two men and one in three women will get cancer in their lifetime.

Due to the pandemic, diagnoses for six major cancer types dropped by nearly 50% and 43% of current patients missed routine appointments. In 2022, more than 600,000 Americans died of cancer. That’s why we are taking action.

EVERY CANCER. EVERY LIFE.

We are activists.

We've contributed to a 31% drop in cancer death rates since 1991 in the US.  ACS CAN saw success this past year with the passing of the Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Research Act. 

We serve communities.

Increasing equitable access to care and reducing health disparities is an ongoing priority. More than 1 Million screenings have been provided in underserved communities, and we will continue to expand screening capacities.

We provide direction.

We are the #1 trusted source for cancer information with over 100 million visits to cancer.org annually. We offer a live hotline to provide answers and support 24/7 which receives more than 1.3 million calls annually. 277 partnerships with California health systems work to increase cancer screenings and HPV vaccination rates.

 

We are a leader in transformational cancer breakthroughs.

As the largest private, not-for-profit funder of innovative cancer research, we have invested more than $5 Billion since 1946 to improve outcomes. 

The Center for Diversity in Cancer Research Training

Designed to address the lack of diversity in research environments, the center will support underrepresented high school, college, and post-baccalaureate students and include exposure to oncology and cancer research as a career. 

The American Cancer Society has also awarded $48 million in research grants to 20 researchers in Los Angeles County.

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Only two months ago, two of my dearest friends told me they had cancer. If this had happened ten years ago, I would have been in tears and felt hopeless, but because of the discovery of new drugs, both of my friends will not die of cancer, and that to me is the reason why we’re here.

Sherry Lansing,
Cal Spirit Honorary Chair

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