Our Impact

This year alone, more than 600,000 Americans will die of cancer. That’s more than 1,600 people per day in the United States. That’s why, with our 1.5 million supporters, we are taking action

We are ACTIVISTS    

  • Contributed to a 29% drop in the cancer death rate in the US since 1991, translating into 2.9 million fewer cancer deaths
  • In all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and federally, the volunteers and staff of our nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN, work to make cancer a top priority of public officials
  • ACS CAN was instrumental in the passage of a bipartisan funding bill that increased medical research funding at the National Institutes of Health by $2.6 billion, including a $296 million increase for the National Cancer Institute
  • More than 61% of the US population is covered by smoke-free laws, including 27 states that require 100% smoke-free workplaces, in large part because of ACS CAN’s advocacy efforts

We are a leader in transformational cancer BREAKTHROUGHS

  • As the largest private nonprofit funder of cancer research, we have invested more than $5 billion since 1946
  • 49 researchers funded by ACS went on to win the Nobel Prize
  • Confirmed the link between smoking and cancer and the link between obesity and death from breast, colorectal, liver, uterine, and other cancers
  • Played a role in most of the recent cancer research breakthroughs


  • More than 9.5 million free rides to treatment provided for cancer patients since 2005 through Road To Recovery®
  • More than 6 million free nights of lodging through our Hope Lodge® communities
  • Helped deliver more than 915,000 low- or no-cost cancer screenings to those in need 
  • Relay For Life® and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® events bring millions of survivors and supporters together and have raised more than $7.6 billion for our mission

We provide DIRECTION

  • A highly trusted source for cancer information, with over 100 million annual visits to cancer.org; and our annual cancer statistics reports are the most widely cited sources for cancer data in the world
  • Answers and support available 24/7 through our live helpline, where we respond to 1.4 million inquiries annually
  • Working to ensure 80% of individuals in the US are vaccinated against HPV by 2026 and ensure communities across the nation reach colorectal cancer screening rates of 80% and higher

Where does the money go?

We are dedicated to using every single donor dollar wisely to fund and provide the critical programs and services that people count on every day. Our "Where Does the Money Go?" flyer highlights the impact we make on cancer, and on the lives of those impacted by the disease.