American Cancer Society
675 E. Linton Ave.
Springfield, IL 62703
Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives and creates a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has 12 chartered Divisions, more than 900 local offices nationwide, and a presence in more than 5,100 communities.
We help people eat right, get active, quit smoking and get screenings.
We develop guidelines for recommended cancer screenings and nutrition and physical activity, so people know what tests they need to find cancer early and how to prevent the disease.
On our Web site, cancer.org, individuals can create a personalized health action plan to discuss with their doctor that shows which cancer screening tests are right for them, as well as healthy lifestyle choices to consider.
Through the Quit For Life® Program, brought to you by the American Cancer Society and Alere Wellbeing, we help people to quit smoking by providing them with the resources they need to make a quit attempt and stay tobacco-free.
Get well: We’re in your corner around the clock to guide you through a cancer experience.
We know that every cancer patient is a fighter – and we’re in the ring with you through every round.
Whether you have questions about cancer, need practical solutions to daily problems like finding a ride to treatment, or just want support from someone who has been through it all before, we’ve got answers around the clock.
Our phone lines, at 1-800-227-2345, are open every minute of every day and night to help connect people with the answers they need. Each year, we provide information, help, and support to the nearly one million individuals who call us. Our cancer.org Web site, which serves more than 23 million visitors each year, offers access to the latest information and news on cancer and helps people find programs and services in their area.
Through the American Cancer Society Clinical Trials Matching Service, we connect patients with more than 64,000 different treatment options. We offer an online support community for cancer survivors and caregivers that has brought together more than 93,000 people since 2000. Through our American Cancer Society Hope Lodge® Network, we provide cancer patients and their families with a free place to stay when they have to travel far from home for treatment. In 2009, we provided 220,000 nights of free lodging to nearly 50,000 patients and caregivers, saving them more than $19 million in lodging expenses. With 140 sites at hospitals and treatment centers across the country, the American Cancer Society Patient Navigator Program provides one-on-one guidance to people facing cancer through every step of their journey. In 2009, the program served more than 67,000 people and fulfilled more than 119,000 requests for services.
Find cures: We’re getting results by investing in research that helps us understand cancer’s causes, determine how best to prevent it, and discover new ways to cure it.
As the largest non-governmental funder of cancer research, having spent more than $3.6 billion on cancer research since 1946, we’ve played a role in nearly every cancer breakthrough in recent history.
Our own research and that of our funded researchers helped to confirm the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, established the link between obesity and multiple cancers, developed drugs to treat leukemia and advanced breast cancer, and showed that mammography is the most effective way to detect breast cancer.
We fund beginning researchers with cutting-edge ideas early in their careers – 46 of whom have gone on to win the Nobel Prize, the highest accolade in scientific achievement.
Fight back: We help pass laws that defeat cancer and rally communities to join the fight.
At its core, the American Cancer Society is a grassroots force of three million passionate volunteers who tirelessly seek to save lives from cancer. We work with lawmakers everywhere to make this world a healthier place to live and we rally communities around the globe to join our fight.
Whether it’s passing smoke-free laws, increasing funding for cancer research, improving access to quality health care or inspiring communities to take up the fight, we fight on all fronts, because the lessons we learn from one battlefield can mean victory on another. Thanks in part to the efforts of the Society and our nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM (ACS CAN), nearly 70 percent of the U.S. population is now covered by a smoke-free law. Together with ACS CAN, we have helped pass state laws ensuring that people have access to and coverage for lifesaving cancer screenings and treatments. We have helped more than three million uninsured, underinsured and low-income women get breast and cervical cancer screening tests since 1991, and, along with ACS CAN, we have successfully fought for legislation protecting this care.
One in every 100 Americans participates in one of the nearly 5,100 American Cancer Society Relay For Life® events, which comprise the world’s largest movement to end cancer. The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® event unites 600,000 walkers and more than 140 communities to help save lives from breast cancer and provide hope to people facing the disease. The new DetermiNation program collaborates with more than 85 marathons, triathlons, cycling, and other endurance events around the country, allowing athletes to dedicate their training and participation to the fight against cancer.