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How We Fight Back

We work with lawmakers to pass national and state laws to defeat cancer and rally communities worldwide to join our fight. Learn how you can help us fight back against cancer in our Get Involved section and in the areas below.

Saving Lives through Advocacy

Defeating cancer is as much a matter of public policy as scientific discovery. Every day, elected officials and policy makers at the federal, state, and local levels make decisions that affect the lives of more than 11 million cancer patients and survivors, their families and caregivers, and all those at risk for developing cancer. Advocacy is a critical part of the Society’s mission. To that end, the Society and its nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), work in partnership to ensure that elected officials and policy makers at all levels of government make the fight against cancer a top national priority. Learn more about how you can help pass laws to defeat cancer.

Participating in Events

American Cancer Society events are inspiring, uplifting, and great at bringing the fight against cancer directly into your community. From black-tie galas to full-length marathons, we have an event that will suit your interests and let you join in the spirit of camaraderie and compassion as we work together to save lives from cancer. Learn more about our events and other opportunities to fight back with your community.


Help create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.