As a leader in cancer control since 1913, the American Cancer Society is committed to saving lives from cancer and reducing the global threat of the disease. We combine our relentless passion with the wisdom of experience to make this vision a reality by focusing on countries with the most need and where measurable results can be achieved. We know that cancer is one of the most preventable — and the most curable — of major chronic, life-threatening diseases. We recognize tobacco as the single most preventable cause of death. We’re working to reduce the incidence of tobacco-related cancers in low- and middle-income countries with a special emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. In collaboration with a worldwide network of partnerships, we are urging governments and international organizations to recognize that cancer is a global priority requiring an urgent response.
The year 2012 brought new opportunities in the global cancer fight that once we could only dream of. Never before has cancer been positioned as the clear global health priority it should and must be if we are to bring this disease under control earlier in this century.
The American Cancer Society is committed to making that goal a reality. Although we have been making progress in our own country, already saving more than 350 lives every day, around the world the cancer fight tells a different story. Chronic diseases like cancer caused an overwhelming 63 percent of global deaths in 2008. The Society is working relentlessly to turn the tide of this epidemic, transforming to lead this fight – and charting a path to a world with less cancer and more birthdays for people everywhere.
“We have an opportunity today to tackle the greatest public health challenge of this century – and the American Cancer Society is working to lead the way.”
– John Seffrin, CEO, American Cancer Society
When you support the American Cancer Society, you become part of a network of people who are committed to eliminating cancer. You help save lives in your community and around the world. Together, we’re helping people stay well with the tips and tools they need to live healthier lives; helping people get well with the support they need throughout a cancer experience; helping find cures by funding and conducting groundbreaking research; and we’re fighting back by working with policymakers to pass laws that help fight cancer.
Thank you for supporting these life-affirming efforts that get us closer to a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
A substantial number of cancers could be prevented with everyday lifestyle choices like not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight by eating right and staying active, and getting the right cancer screening tests.
The American Cancer Society helps people everywhere put their health first to help prevent the disease or find it early, with the resources and support to make it possible.
Cancer never sleeps – and neither does the American Cancer Society. We’re here whenever, wherever people need us with the information, day-to-day help, and support needed throughout a cancer experience, online, on the phone, and in your community.
We know more today about how to prevent, detect, and treat cancer than at any other point in history, thanks in part to the American Cancer Society’s 65 years of work finding answers about this disease. As the largest private, non-profit funder of cancer research in the nation, the Society is leading the way in the fight to find cures that will help save more lives faster.
With empowering events in your community and by connecting people – alongside our partner advocacy organization – to the fight to make cancer a legislative priority, the American Cancer Society enables people everywhere to make a world with less cancer and more birthdays a reality.