The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a 97-year-old, nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. We are advocates for the health of the American public and advocates for patients. The ACS is working to reduce the rates of cancer incidence and mortality, along with measurably improving the quality of life for all people with cancer.
The ACS has a research group of epidemiologists, health practice researchers, behavioral scientists, and economists. Much of their work describes the past and present and draws a picture of the future as it relates to cancer in the U.S. and the world. We use science to set our work agenda.
The data demonstrate that:
The U.S. health economy is in trouble, and indeed its out of control growth threatens the overall economy and the security of the country.
The overall health outcomes of the U.S. health care system are not very good despite the potential to give the best care in the world.
There are significant disparities in health outcomes by race and socioeconomic level that may be growing as health care gets more expensive.