Our Impact

Today, almost 1,700 people in the US will die of cancer. That adds up to more than 600,000 Americans dying of cancer this year alone. That’s why, with our 1.5 million volunteers, we are taking action.

We are ACTIVISTS    

  • Contributed to a 27% drop in cancer death rates since 1991 in the US, translating into 2.6 million fewer cancer deaths
  • In all 50 states and at the federal level, ACS CAN, our nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, has staff and a volunteer network that works to make cancer a top priority for public officials
  • Advocated for and secured a $9 billion increase at the National Institutes of Health and a $1 billion increase at the National Cancer Institute since 2015 to support cancer research and prevention
  • 60% of the US population is covered by smoke-free laws, including 25 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, not-for-profit funder of cancer research, we have invested more than $4.8 billion since 1946
  • 47 researchers funded by ACS went on to win the Nobel Prize
  • Confirmed the link between cancer and smoking and the link between obesity and death from breast, colorectal, liver, uterine, and other cancers
  • We have played a role in most of the cancer research breakthroughs in recent history


  • 8.5 million free rides to treatment provided for cancer patients since 2005 through Road To Recovery
  • 4 million free nights of lodging through our Hope Lodge communities
  • Helped deliver over 800,000 low- or no-cost cancer screenings in underserved communities

We provide DIRECTION

  • We are the #1 trusted source for cancer information with over 100 million visits to cancer.org annually and our annual Cancer Facts & Figures report is the most widely cited cancer publication in the world
  • Answers and support available 24/7 through our live helpline, where we respond to 1.3 million calls annually
  • Working to eliminate HPV-related cancers in the US by 2026 and ensure 80% of adults aged 45+ are screened for colorectal cancer

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. "The Where Does the Money Go?" flyer highlights the impact we make on cancer, and on the lives of those impacted by the disease.