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Our Research Programs

What does it take to outsmart cancer? Research.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has helped make possible almost every major cancer breakthrough since 1946. Since then, we've invested more than $5 billion in cancer research, making us the largest nonprofit funder of cancer research in the United States, outside of the federal government.

We remain committed to finding more – and better – ways to improve the quality of life for cancer patients.


Investing in Research Pays Off

See how. Check out easy-to-understand summaries of recent studies. 


Bald Girl Hugging paper

New Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures Released 

Data Shows Rapid Shifts to More Advanced Disease in Younger People

We need to invest more in research to uncover the causes of the rising trends and to discover new treatment for advanced-stage colorectal cancer to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with this disease in this younger population, who are raising families and supporting other family members."

Ahmedin Jemal, DVM, PhD

Senior Vice President

ACS Surveillance & Health Equity Science

close up portrait of Ahmedin Jemal, DVM, PhD, Scientific Vice President, Surveillance and Health Services Research ACS

Ahmedin Jamal, DVM, PhD