Despite the incredibly challenging start of the decade, we are still seeing progress being made in the fight against cancer. As the nation’s preeminent cancer-fighting organization, the American Cancer Society (ACS) is committed to moving us even closer to a world without cancer by continuing to build on this progress. In 2019, we set a nationwide goal to reduce the cancer death rate (from that reported in 2015) by an additional 40% by 2035, which could lead to approximately 1.3 million fewer cancer deaths between 2020 and 2035.
We are working to achieve this goal through targeted efforts that include investments in research, improving equitable access to care, urging people to resume cancer screening, and working to reduce long-standing disparities in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment outcomes. Globally, we convene government and civil society stakeholders, share our expertise, invest resources, and design programs and initiatives to reduce the stark disparities in cancer outcomes in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs), particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, India, and Colombia.
Our mission delivery efforts are focused on the critical areas of Research, Education, Advocacy, and Service. These four areas serve as our messaging pillars, the foundation of how we speak to what we do, so we can make our biggest impact on cancer yet.
We launch innovative, high-impact research to find more – and better – treatments, uncover factors that may cause cancer, and improve the quality of life for people facing cancer.
We provide the latest, evidence-based cancer information, share how making healthy lifestyle choices like eating right, staying active, and avoiding alcohol and tobacco can help reduce cancer risk, and develop screening guidelines that can help detect certain cancers early. We work with health care providers, health systems, and public health organizations in the US and globally to reduce barriers across the cancer care continuum, resulting in increased screening and vaccination rates, more effective patient support services, and greater access to treatments and pain relief.
We fight cancer in city hall, the statehouse, and in Congress to demand change from our elected officials to build healthier communities, create safer workplaces, and provide greater, more equitable access to quality medical care.
We help people find answers and resources, whether they want to understand their diagnosis and treatment options, how to cope with side effects, or find transportation or a place to stay when treatment is far from home.
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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 20% decline in US cancer death rates since the early 1990s.
Sr. Development Manager II