ABOUT ACS

For more than a 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been leading the fight to end cancer. With your support, we have helped usher in an era where more people survive cancer than ever before. By translating our research findings into action, we've seen a 29% decline in US cancer death rates since the early 1990s.

More than 1.8 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in the United States in 2020. Without the American Cancer Society’s nearly 75 years of investments in research, patients wouldn’t have as many effective treatment options and preventative tools. As the largest private not-for-profit, non-governmental funder of cancer research in the US, we’ve played a role in many of the major cancer research breakthroughs in the last century.

We can’t stop now. We are committed to ensuring that live-saving research continues, and innovative ideas are not lost.

BY THE numbers

 

$4.9B

Invested in cancer research since 1946

49

Nobel Prize winners
funded by the American
Cancer Society

WE ARE CURRENTLY SUPPORTING MORE THAN

650

grants at
institutions across
the country

65

full-time researchers on staff at
the American Cancer Society

1/3

of all beginning cancer
researchers are funded by the
American Cancer Society

APPROXIMATELY 

2/3

of all directors of
National Cancer
Institute-designated
cancer centers were
once ACS grantees

32K+

Grants since 1946

85%

of researchers funded
by the American Cancer
Society stay in research

73%

likelihood of receiving
National Institutes of Health
funding as a past grantee

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