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Our Research Programs

What does it take to outsmart cancer? Research.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has helped make possible almost every major cancer breakthrough since 1946. Since then, we've invested more than $5 billion in cancer research, making us the largest nonprofit funder of cancer research in the United States, outside of the federal government.

We remain committed to finding more – and better – ways to improve the quality of life for cancer patients.


Investing in Research Pays Off

See how. Check out easy-to-understand summaries of recent studies. 


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Featured Research Studies 

New Lung Cancer Screening Guideline Increases Eligibility

The new lung cancer screening guideline, published in the ACS flagship journal, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, recommends that primary care or specialty care providers refer 50 to 80-year-olds for yearly screening with LDCT if they currently smoke or used to smoke, have a 20-pack-year or more smoking history, and are in reasonably good health, without any symptoms of lung cancer. 

How does the new guideline differ from the previously published guideline?

Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines Chart