The organization’s mission is centered around being the 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, by way of research, education, advocacy, and service.
AMCS was established in 1913 and is organized in to twelve different geographical divisions. More than 900 offices consist of the nation wide (and Puerto Rican) network. Originally founded by fifteen physicians and businessmen in New York City under the name of American Society for the Control of Cancer, the new and current name was adopted in 1945.
Several of the organization’s activities include organizing events such as Relay For Life and the Great American Smokeout, fundraising to provide grants to researchers, and running public health and organizing campaigns.