FUND A NEED Research in Missouri

What does it take to outsmart cancer? Research. We've invested more than $5 billion in cancer research since 1946, all to find more – and better – treatments, uncover factors that may cause cancer, and improve cancer patients' quality of life.


One thing that sets the American Cancer Society apart is our integrated approach to fighting cancer. We conduct and fund research that can move our mission forward, then we connect the research to evidence-based prevention and detection strategies that save lives – which translates into rapid and efficient action. Then, we take it a step further to help ensure wide-spread change by sharing information directly with the public, affecting public policy and driving national strategies around screening and other preventative activities.

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“When I got diagnosed, one of the first things I looked for was information about how this disease affects African American women, and I just couldn’t find it. So to be able to go to the American Cancer Society’s website and find recent studies is eye-opening and amazing, because oftentimes I feel that African American women are invisible. The American Cancer Society is getting information out there. They’re putting a face to this disease, and it’s not just one face. I think by doing that, they will encourage more people to speak out, to ask for advice, to ask for information, to get treatment, to get care.”