About the American Cancer Society

The mission of the American Cancer Society is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. With more than 100 years of experience and leadership, we are a global force, fighting all cancers on all fronts, across the US and around the globe.


As the largest private, nonprofit funder of cancer research, we’ve played a role in nearly every cancer breakthrough in recent history. In 2015, we marked a 23 percent decline in the cancer death rates since 1991. Our track record of having funded 47 Nobel Prize winners demonstrates our ability to identify the best and brightest ideas.


We provide information that empowers people to take steps that help them prevent cancer or find it early, when it's most treatable. We partner with communities across the country to bring practical cancer-fighting information through our programs that promote physical activity and smoking cessation.

Through our nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Action Network, we work with lawmakers at the federal, state, and local levels to promote effective cancer policies and legislation.


Patient Services
Each year, we help cancer patients everywhere get help when they need it the most. From the moment of diagnosis throughout the entire cancer journey, the Society provides a circle of care that offers patients comprehensive information, day-to-day help, and emotional support to help them make informed decisions for the highest quality of life possible.

For more information about the American Cancer Society 24 hours a day, 7 days
a week, 365 days a year, visit www.cancer.org or call (800) 227-2345.