How we save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer

Here are just a few examples of how we worked toward achieving our mission in 2017

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Supporting Cancer Survivors

  • Helped more than 33,000 women manage appearance-related side effects of treatment
  • Provided more than 9,000 peer support services to breast cancer patients
  • Provided more than 112,000 special kits of tailored information and resources for newly diagnosed patients
  • Thousands of patients, survivors, and caregivers use our online Cancer Survivors Network

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Finding Cancer’s Causes and Cures

  • We funded 755 grants to 180 research institutions and universities
  • The American Cancer Society has invested more than $4.6 billion in research and has given grant funding support to 47 individuals who went on to win the Nobel Prize
  • There were more than 4,400 downloads per month, on average, of Cancer Facts & Figures, our comprehensive publication of cancer data

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Providing Leadership and Education for the Health Care Community

Our cancer screening guidelines go through a rigorous, evidence-based review to help patients and their health care providers make the best choices to screen for cancer.

  • Our prevention guidelines help people reduce their risk of cancer, and our survivorship guidelines help people live life to the fullest after cancer.
  • We work in communities across the country to get health care professionals’ information and resources to help more people prevent cancer or find it early, when it may be easier to treat.
  • Our three peer-reviewed journals inform healthcare professionals about emerging science, so they can provide the best possible care for their patients.
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Helping Cancer Patients Access Care

  • Provided more than 340,000 rides to treatment and other cancer-related appointments
  • Provided nearly 452,000 nights of free lodging at our Hope Lodge® communities, and more than 49,000 nights of free or reduced lodging through our Hotel Partners Program.
  • Since 2011, CHANGE grants have supported community health centers in their efforts to reduce the unequal burden of cancer in underserved communities. Collectively, CHANGE grantees have provided more than 2.8 million outreach and education interventions and contributed to more than 800,000 breast, cervical, and colorectal screening exams provided at low or no cost.
  • Our patient navigators helped guide more than 40,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients to overcome barriers to care. 

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Offering Information and Education

  • Our website,, had more than 106 million visits for the latest, most accurate information on virtually all topics related to cancer.
  • Our 24/7 helpline handled more than 1.34 million calls and live chats from those seeking support, information, and resources.
  • We offer more than 40 award-winning books, from cookbooks to caregiving support. 

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Fighting Cancer through Public Policy

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM (ACS CAN), our nonprofit, nonpartisan, advocacy affiliate, works with lawmakers at the federal, state, and local levels to pass laws and policies that impact our mission and improve our ability to prevent, detect, and treat cancer. Some results of these efforts:

  • More than 2.7 million people in the US will be covered by new local smoke-free laws that include restaurants and bars once 2017 ordinances are fully implemented.
  • Congress approved a $2 billion increase in medical research funding for the National Institutes of Health, including $475 million for the National Cancer Institute for FY 2017.
  • Lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screening and treatment programs are provided to women due to advocating to protect and increase state funding levels.