Frequently Asked Questions


ACS CAN Answers Your Most Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I never received my ACS CAN membership card, can you help?

A: ACS CAN discontinued the printing of member cards as a stand-alone mailing in May 2014. Membership cards are included as part of the annual legislative toolkit all members receive. Please call 202-661-5700 and select option 3 or send your request via email to [email protected] if you did not receive your toolkit.


Q: I've been diagnosed with cancer, can you help?

A: If you or a family member are in need of assistance, please contact the American Cancer Society, our affiliate charitable organization. Please visit or call the American Cancer Society's Cancer Information Center at 1.800.ACS.2345. The Cancer Information Center is an incredible resource staffed with cancer specialists who are available 24 hours per day/7 days per week to assist you with these types of needs.


Q: Why does ACS CAN and the American Cancer Society get involved in politics/advocacy?

A: ACS CAN is committed to the mission of eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Ending cancer as we know it in this country is as much a matter of public policy as it is medical science and discovery.

Many important decisions about cancer are made not just in the doctor’s office, but also in your state legislature, in Congress and the White House. The federal government, for example, is the largest funder of medical research in this country with 80 cents of every dollar going back into communities across this   country to conduct research that is going to change the face of cancer and other chronic diseases. It is critical that Congress increase funding for cancer research to continue progress against this disease.

Advocacy efforts have made a difference. Did you know that before ACS CAN and the Society got involved in state legislative campaigns, many insurance companies didn't cover mammograms and other cancer lifesaving cancer screenings? Because of the work of cancer advocates private health insurance providers are now required to cover mammograms so women can get the early diagnosis that could save their life. Health insurance coverage, clinical trial participation, the development of new treatments, tobacco control policies and funding for prevention programs are all issues in the legislative arena. That is why advocacy is critical to help prevent and fight cancer.


Q: Can I use the ACS CAN logo for my own activities?

A: Probably not, but please refer to our Content Usage policy for more detailed information.  


Q: What is ACS CAN?

A: ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit


Q: How can I get a refund on a donation to ACS CAN?

A: If you've recently made a donation to ACS CAN and would like to request a refund, please call 202-661-5700 and select option 3 or send your request via email to [email protected].


Q: How do I apply for a job with ACS CAN?

A: Our current job listings are available here.  Internship opportunities are generally available each summer from late May through late August. If you are interested in becoming an ACS CAN intern, please use the "Contact Us" link below.


Q: Who do I contact to raise money for the American Cancer Society, including general donations, Relay For Life, Determination and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer?

A: To raise money for the American Cancer Society, our affiliate charitable organization, please contact the Society's National Cancer Information Center at 800.ACS.2345.



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