Who We Are

Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives and creates a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has 11 geographic Divisions, more than 900 local offices nationwide, and a presence in more than 5,100 communities.

Learn more about ACS, what we do, and our plans for the future by exploring the areas below.

Our Mission

See how, locally and internationally, the ACS strives to live by a clearly defined set of goals and ideals.

The Movement For More Birthdays

It takes inspiration and commitment to create a world with less cancer, and we can't do it without your help. Find out more about the More Birthdays movement.

Our History

Explore the early days of ACS, including how we got started, our first cancer education campaign, and early advances in cancer research.


Learn how ACS's structured system of organizational governance ensures proper checks and balances, the input of appropriate experts on decision making, and strategic oversight of comprehensive nationwide operations.

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