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 supporters, we are taking action.

We are ACTIVISTS    

  • Contributed to a 29% drop in cancer death rates since 1991 in the US, translating into 2.9 million fewer cancer deaths
  • In all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and federally, the volunteers and staff of our nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN, work to make cancer a top priority of public officials
  • Successfully advocated for $9 billion more funding for the National Institutes of Health and over $1 billion more funding for the National Cancer Institute since 2015 to support cancer research and prevention through ACS CAN
  • Nearly 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 $4.9 billion since 1946
  • 49 researchers funded by ACS went on to win the Nobel Prize
  • Confirmed the link between smoking and cancer 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


  • More than 9 million free rides to treatment provided for cancer patients since 2005 through Road To Recovery®
  • 6 million free nights of lodging through our Hope Lodge® communities and hotel partners
  • Helped deliver over 915,000 low- or no-cost cancer screenings to those in need 
  • Relay For Life® and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® events bring millions of survivors and supporters together and have raised over $7 billion for our mission

We provide DIRECTION

  • The #1 trusted source for cancer information, with over 100 million annual visits to cancer.org, and our Cancer Facts & Figures report is one of the most widely-cited cancer publications of cancer data in the world
  • Answers and support available 24/7 through our live helpline, where we respond to 1.4 million inquiries annually
  • Working to ensure 80% of individuals in the US are vaccinated against HPV 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. Our "Where Does the Money Go?" flyer highlights the impact we make on cancer, and on the lives of those impacted by the disease.