The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) advocates for evidence-based public policies to reduce the cancer burden for everyone. We engage our volunteers across the country to make their voices heard by policymakers at every level of government. We believe everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer.

Since 2001, as the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN has successfully advocated for billions of dollars in cancer research funding, expanded access to quality affordable health care, and advanced proven tobacco control measures.

We stand with our volunteers—people whose lives have been impacted by cancer—rallying to demand change. Together, we’re working to make cancer a top priority for public officials and candidates at the federal, state, and local levels. By engaging advocates across the country to make their voices heard, ACS CAN influences legislative and regulatory solutions that will end cancer as we know it, for everyone.

Our Impact

We advocate for legislation as a catalyst to fight cancer.


of the U.S. population protected from secondhand smoke exposure by local or statewide smoke-free laws.


decline in cancer death rates from 1991-2021

33.5 million 

people benefited from expanded access to health insurance

Our staff and volunteer leadership are committed to leveraging advocacy to end suffering and death from cancer.

The work of our staff and volunteers has contributed to enormous legislative accomplishments at every level of government. 

We hold rallies, media events, Days at the Capitol, policy forums and other exciting events in every state across the country.