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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. 


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Cancer Prevention Research Conference

This event in Boston, on June 25 through the 27, 2024, will create a thriving multidisciplinary cancer prevention research community, spark new collaborations and ideas, and advance cancer prevention.

Early Bird Registration Deadline: April 12, 2024

Registration Deadline: June 11, 2024

Learn more and see the agenda. 

Abstract Application Deadline: April 12, 2024

Attention postdocs and students! Showcase your work via a poster presentation or flash talk.

Abstracts should be submitted under one of the conference themes:

  • Mechanistic insights informing prevention strategies
  • Health inequities in cancer incidence and prevention
  • Deepening understanding of risk
  • Precision Prevention in high-risk populations

Submit your abstract.