Frequently Asked Questions


ACS CAN Answers Your Most Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is ACS CAN?

A: The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is making cancer a top priority for public officials and candidates at the federal, state and local levels. ACS CAN empowers advocates across the country to make their voices heard and influence evidence-based public policy change as well as legislative and regulatory solutions that will reduce the cancer burden. As the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN is critical to the fight for a world without cancer.


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: 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 (1-800-227-2345). 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.


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 send your request via email to [email protected].


Q: How can I make a change to my recurring giving pledge?

A. Please reference this guide on how to access the ACS CAN Service Center for recurring giving pledges, where you can view the pledge, make adjustments to upcoming gifts or change credit card information.


Q: Who do I contact to raise money for ACS CAN, including general donations, Lights of Hope, and volunteer fundraisers?

A: To raise money for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, please contact us at [email protected] or visit to get started.


Q: Where do I send the money I raised for ACS CAN?

A: If you raised money for ACS CAN please reach out to your staff partner on instructions for processing the money. If you do not know your staff partner please email [email protected] for more information.


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 or visit