The fight is not new, and we are not new to the fight.

Our History

The American Cancer Society was founded in 1913 by 10 doctors and five laypeople in New York City. 

We are not new to the fight for health equity. 

We have funded more than 550 grants totaling more than $300 million in research focused on health equity and disparities, and we’ve been partnering with community organizations and implementing cancer control interventions to reduce cancer mortality for all. 

The H.E.R.O Initiative is our commitment to continuing this work. 

No one should be disadvantaged in their fight against cancer because of how much money they make, the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, their gender identity, their disability status, or where they live.


Hispanic women are 20% more likely to die from cervical cancer than non-Hispanic white women.


People with the lowest socioeconomic status are 40% more likely to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer than those with the highest socioeconomic status

How To Get Involved

The bottom line is that with your partnership, the American Cancer Society can save even more lives every day. There are an infinite number of ways to get involved and advance equity in cancer, including:

Join the League of Heroes

We are calling on a League of Heroes to join us in this fight for health equity.


Become a Corporate Partner

We welcome courageous companies to help us battle health injustices.


Become an Impact Maker

Our most dedicated C-suite and executive leaders can use their influence to help solve health inequities.


Attend an Event

Partnership events will help the American Cancer Society shine a light on cancer disparities.



Every Hero has an origin story. What’s yours?



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