As a nonprofit entity whose mission is improving the lives of people with cancer and their families, the American Cancer Society isn’t taking sides on the decision. However, the decision will impact cancer patients and their families and is likely to disproportionately effect communities of color.
The facts are clear: expanding access to Medicaid saves lives from cancer. Yet lawmakers in 12 states refuse to expand access to Medicaid for more than 2 million people who desperately need it. In fact, a new study led by researchers at the American Cancer Society shows the survival rate for people newly diagnosed with cancer is higher in states that have expanded Medicaid than in states that have not.
We advocate for legislation as a catalyst to fight cancer.
in the high school cigarette smoking rate since 1997
decline in cancer death rates from 1991-2015
people benefited from expanded access to health insurance
DonnaMarie Woodson has been an ACS CAN volunteer for five years and is a founding member of our Black Volunteer Caucus. Her ACS CAN work all started with a letter-to-the-editor she wrote that was published in the Charlotte Observer. And since that moment, she's been full speed head advocoating for...