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The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is the nation’s leading voice
advocating for public policies that are helping to defeat cancer. As the advocacy affiliate of the
American Cancer Society, ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make
cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN utilizes its expert capacity in lobbying, policy, grassroots,
and communications to amplify the voices of patients in support of laws and policies that save
lives from cancer.
ACS CAN helps to save lives from cancer through involvement, influence and
- Involvement - With a powerful grassroots movement of nearly a million
strong and growing, ACS CAN ensures that the voices of patients, survivors and
caregivers are heard in public policy debates in Congress and in state
- Influence - ACS CAN supports proven measures that help save lives and
mobilizes cancer advocates in every state and every congressional district
nationwide to hold lawmakers accountable to their constituents for the
decisions they make related to cancer research, prevention, early detection and
- Impact -ACS CAN’s work has resulted in enormous progress through
increased funding for cancer research and prevention programs; stronger
tobacco control policies nationwide and improved access to the full range of
cancer care for people diagnosed with the disease and their families
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