All people deserve a fair and just opportunity to live longer, healthier lives.

Cancer is a disease that can affect anyone, but it doesn’t affect everyone equally.

Many social structures and practices can limit a person’s access to health care needed to prevent, treat, and survive cancer. These obstacles may include racism, discrimination, poverty, lack of access to healthy and affordable foods, low quality education and housing,
and jobs with inadequate pay.


That’s why African Americans and other racial and ethnic groups, people who have low incomes or are underinsured or uninsured, and people living in rural areas often face greater obstacles than others.

The American Cancer Society is actively working to end these disparities in cancer and fight for health equity, which means everyone has a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat and survive cancer.

If we are to further reduce deaths from cancer, we need to make sure everyone has the ability to benefit from the advances in research, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.

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.



We launch innovative, high-impact research to find more - and better - treatments, uncover factors that may cause cancer, and improve the quality of life for people facing cancer. In Indiana alone, more than

$9 million is invested in cancer research programs at Indiana University, Purdue University, and Notre Dame.


We provide the latest, evidence based cancer information, share how making healthy lifestyle choices can help reduce cancer risk, and develop screening guidelines that can help detect certain cancers early. A few examples include: breast cancer education and increased screening programs for African American women in Marion County; championing Colorectal screening education in targeted rural communities; and working to increase HPV vaccination rates in Dubois County.



We fight cancer in city hall, the statehouse, and in Congress to demand change from our elected officials to build healthier communities, create safer workplaces, and provide greater, more equitable access to quality medical care.


We help people find answers and resources. A few examples from 2021 include: provided community grants for 11,545 rides to and from treatment for Hoosier cancer patients; provided lodging grants for Indiana patients undergoing cancer treatment; and assisted 1,140 monthly visitors to the survivors network.