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Today’s Research Breakthroughs are Tomorrow’s Treatments


This year, the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Research program celebrates 75 years of commitment to progress in the fight against cancer. During this time, we’ve played a role in almost every major cancer research breakthrough in the last century and funded the research of 49 investigators who went on to win the Nobel Prize. Since 1946, the American Cancer Society has invested over $5 billion in research nationally. Our innovative cancer research programs span across a wide range of disciplines to meet critically important needs. The research we conduct and fund transforms the way we treat and prevent cancer – and through this work we save lives every day.


Research informs prevention, patient support, advocacy and health equity efforts. The investigations we conduct and fund happen through several different channels and extend beyond our agency into over 200 institutions nationwide. In all facets of our work, we strive to expand our efforts to understand and overcome health disparities – in the laboratory, through population and surveillance studies, and within the communities we serve.

Right now, the American Cancer Society is funding nearly 700 high impact and innovative extramural research grants totaling over $388 million looking at cancer from bench to bedside. This includes $9.4 million in 15 grants right here in the state of Washington.  These grants improve our knowledge of nearly every aspect of cancer – from what causes it to how we can end it.

For more than 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 ore 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 1990's. Join us to help finish the fight. 

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