The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Our Global Headquarters are located in Atlanta, Georgia, and we have regional and local offices throughout the country to ensure we have a presence in every community. Learn more about who we are, what we do, and our plans for the future by exploring the areas below.
The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.Our Core Values
The American Cancer Society Core Values are at the heart of what we do. These guiding principles have shaped and will shape our past, present, and future. We commit to living these Core Values in all our words, actions, and decisions.
Driven by truth, ethics, and fact of science
Caring for and supporting those touched by cancer
Undeterred by challenges and bold in action
Relentlessly pursuing a world without cancer
Intentionally striving for equity through inclusion and respect
What We Do
While most people know us for our research, we do so much more. We attack cancer from every angle. We promote healthy lifestyles to help you prevent cancer. We research cancer and its causes to find more answers and better treatments. We fight for lifesaving policy changes. We provide everything from emotional support to the latest cancer information for those who have been touched by cancer. And we do it all 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
How We’re Providing Support
We’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help guide you through your cancer experience. Whether you’ve recently been diagnosed, are currently going through treatment, or are caring for a loved one with cancer, we’re here with information, day-to-day help, and emotional support every step of the way. From free lodging and transportation to help making decisions about your care, we offer programs, services, and resources in our Find Support and Treatment section to help you on your journey.Cancer information services
Giving you accurate, up-to-date information on cancer is one of our top priorities. You can find plenty of information here on the site, but if you still have questions, you can call our 24-7 helpline or check out some of our more in-depth publications.
Cancer information, answers, and hope.
Available every minute of every day. 1-800-227-2345
Whether it’s the middle of the afternoon or the middle of the night, our cancer information specialists are here to help. Have questions about treatment options or potential side effects? We have you covered. Need a ride to chemo or a place to stay when treatment is far away? We can help. Even if you just need a friendly ear, we’re here to help and can assist in more than 200 languages (via a language line) – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Cancer Information Specialists are available 24/7 to answer your questions about:
Coping with cancer
There are many national resources available to cancer patients. We can refer you to:
Wigs and prostheses
We publish a large number of patient education brochures and pamphlets, books, and professional journals to help patients, families, and health care professionals. These include books on specific cancer types, coping issues, and prevention; cookbooks; textbooks; and other publications specifically for health care professionals. Three clinical journals (Cancer, Cancer Cytopathology, and CA-A Cancer Journal for Clinicians) are also available. For more information, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit our online bookstore.
Community programs & services
We offer programs and services to help the more than 1.4 million cancer patients diagnosed each year in this country, and the 14 million cancer survivors – as well as their family and friends. We provide information, day-to-day help, and emotional support. And best of all, our help is free.
Day-to-day help and support
Rides to treatment: Sometimes getting to cancer treatment is a challenge. If you need a ride to treatment, we may be able to help.
Lodging: If your cancer treatment is far from home and you need a place to stay, the American Cancer Society may be able to help.
Hair loss and mastectomy products: Some women use wigs, hats, breast forms, and bras to help cope with the effects of treatment. Our “tlc” Tender Loving Care® catalog offers these products, as well as helpful articles.
Breast cancer support: Women with breast cancer can talk with a trained Reach To Recovery® volunteer who is a breast cancer survivor.
Online community:You can share experiences, practical tips, and hope through the American Cancer Society Cancer Survivors Network®. This is a free online community created by and for people with cancer and their families.
In addition to the support we are providing to cancer patients who contact us via phone and chat, we’ll be helping offset feelings of isolation for families facing cancer and seeking information by offering video chat. Schedule a video chat today.
How We Help Encourage Prevention
Nearly half of all cancer deaths could be avoided if we did what we know works ─ live healthier lifestyles, quit smoking, and get our recommended cancer screenings. We’re here to help you take steps every day to reduce your risk for cancer. We have the resources, information, and support you need to stay motivated to eat right and get active, quit smoking or help a loved one kick the habit, and understand what cancer screenings you need. Visit our Stay Healthy section and explore the areas below to learn more about how you can prevent cancer.
Helping You Live a Healthy Lifestyle
For the majority of Americans who do not smoke, the most important ways to reduce cancer risk are to maintain a healthy weight, be physically active on a regular basis, and eat a mostly plant-based diet that limits saturated fat. We provide tips, tools, and online resources to help people set goals and stay motivated to eat healthy and maintain an active lifestyle. Learn more about eating healthy and getting active.
Helping You Find Cancer Early, When It Is Most Treatable
The best defense against cancer is finding it early, when it is easiest to treat. To help you make informed decisions about cancer screenings, we publish a variety of early detection guidelines.
Your Local American Cancer Society
Your American Cancer Society is here to help through our local programs, services, and community events. Select a state below to connect in your community.