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What the ACS is Doing to Save Lives

The American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. Click on the links below to learn more about how, together with our supporters, we’re creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

We help people stay well.

We help people take steps to prevent cancer or detect it at its earliest, most treatable stage. Learn how we do this through prevention and early detection educational efforts that are helping people to stop smoking, get the right screening tests, and live healthy lifestyles.

We help people get well.

The American Cancer Society is here every minute of every day and night to offer free information, programs, services, and community referrals to patients, survivors, and caregivers through every step of a cancer experience – so they can focus on getting well. Learn more about our community programs and services and our Cancer Information Services, including our National Cancer Information Center available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 1-800-227-2345 and through this Web site.

We find cures.

The American Cancer Society funds groundbreaking research that helps us understand cancer’s causes, determine how best to prevent it, and discover new ways to cure it. Learn about our research program that includes extramural grants, behavioral research, intramural epidemiology, and surveillance research.

We fight back.

We work with lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and rally communities worldwide to join the fight. Learn more about how we promote beneficial policies, laws, and regulations for patients and families affected by cancer through our advocacy and public policy work – and how you can get involved.

We’re also saving lives from cancer around the globe. Learn more about how we work with individuals and organizations around the world to fight cancer on a global scale.