Making a Difference to Help Save Lives from Cancer

Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against cancer. In Virginia, and nationwide, we’re doing the most to help people fight cancer today.

Answers, Care & Support

Hope300pxEach year, we help cancer patients everywhere get answers, care and support when they need it most.

• In 2014, cancer patients in Virginia received more than 3,637 rides to and from treatment.

• We provided lodging to 218 patients and caregivers in the state.

• 718 women learned how to manage the appearance-related side effects of treatment.

• Nationally, the ACS fulfilled nearly 800,000 requests for • information via phone, email and online chats.

• People from across the U.S. and around the globe made more than 61 million visits to Cancer.org in 2014.

Funding Research

Courage300pxWe fund research to help find cancer’s causes and cures. American Cancer Society researchers have contributed to most of the major cancer breakthroughs in recent history.

• Since 1991, U.S. cancer deaths are down 22%. That means more than 1.5 million lives saved.

• We fund researchers with cutting-edge ideas early in their careers. Forty-seven have won the Nobel Prize.

• We helped confirm cigarette smoking is linked to lung cancer and obesity is linked to multiple cancers.

• We helped develop drugs to treat leukemia and advanced breast cancer.

• We helped show mammography is the most effective way to detect breast cancer early.

Helping People Take Steps to Stay Healthy

Generosity300pxWe empower communities across the world to take steps that can help reduce their risk for cancer.

• Developing evidence-based cancer screening guidelines.

• Funding grants to educate and enable at-risk communities to take action.

• Providing the latest education and resources for health care professionals.

• Creating awareness about the need for regular mammograms.

And we’re rallying communities and creating partnerships to help save lives. We’ve been working to transform cancer from deadly to treatable, and treatable to preventable.