Overview of American Cancer Society Sponsored Research

  • The American Cancer Society and their advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network are committed to advancing health equity through their research, programs, and services, and through ACS CAN’s advocacy priorities.

  • The American Cancer Society conducts and funds innovative, high-impact research to prevent, find, and treat cancer, find more – and better – screening and diagnostic tools and treatments, uncover factors that may cause cancer, identify biomarkers to improve precision cancer care, and improve the quality of life for people facing cancer. 

  • Since 1946, the American Cancer Society has invested over $5 billion in cancer research and has been involved in most of the major cancer research breakthroughs of the 20th and 21st centuries.

  • The American Cancer Society is the largest private funder of cancer research in the United States.

  • As of July 2021, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has more than $384 million invested in 633 active research grants.

  • The American Cancer Society has funded the work of 49 researchers who went on to win the Nobel Prize, the highest accolade of scientific achievement.

Research Progress is Real! 

  • We continue making significant progress in a number of emerging research areas, including: the use of CDK4/6 inhibitors for treatment of advanced, metastatic HR+/HER2- breast cancer; clinical studies using fecal microbiota transplantation to overcome immunotherapy resistance in melanoma; studying utility of liquid biopsy for cancer screening and detection; the development of platform technologies to screen for antiviral inhibitors; studying the impact of COVID-19 on people with cancer; and testing strategies to achieve health equity by addressing the social determinants of health. 

  • We continue to advance our understanding of the causes of cancer, issues affecting quality of life for cancer survivors, and factors associated with improved survival following a cancer diagnosis so we can work to reduce the burden of cancer and help people move through their cancer journey.  

  • We monitor progress and identify emerging patterns and inequalities across the cancer control continuum, including prevention (e.g., HPV vaccination), screening, occurrence, treatment, survivorship, and mortality among the general population as well as among cancer survivors to inform public health practice and policy.  

  • We assess the effects of health policies, programs, guidelines, recommendations, and the COVID-19 pandemic on access to and receipt of cancer care and outcomes. 

  • We help people with cancer-related behaviors change by identifying new, innovative ways to help individuals quit smoking, be more physically active, and eat healthier.

  • We continue to advance our understanding of the economic burden of cancer, affordability of cancer care, and associated cancer outcomes so we can take action to help make cancer treatments more affordable for patients, survivors, and the health care system as a whole.  

MCRF's Proud Partner, Your American Cancer Society

The mission of the American Cancer Society is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. As we know, when cancer strikes, it hits from all sides. That's why we are committed to attacking cancer from every angle. With more than 100 years of experience and leadership, we are a global force, fighting all cancers on all fronts, across the US and around the globe.

As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org