Cancer Votes


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We're Making Cancer an Election Issue

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Fighting cancer is as much a matter of public policy as it is a matter of scientific discovery.

Every day, lawmakers at every level of government play a critical role in leading policy changes that are vital to the fight against cancer for people with cancer, caregivers, and people at risk of cancer.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s Cancer Votes program informs candidates and the public at the local, state and federal levels about the actions lawmakers should take to make fighting cancer a top priority.

Through Cancer Votes, ACS CAN is asking candidates seeking federal office to sign the Cancer Promise, a pledge to support evidence-based public policy solutions to end cancer as we know it, for everyone

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Cancer Votes Ambassadors are helping to make fighting cancer an election issue in 2024.

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Latest Updates

July 16, 2024

This piece originally appeared in WMTV . MADISON, Wis. - The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) gathered in Madison Tuesday with cancer survivors and advocates to sit down for coffee with Senator Tammy Baldwin. As a part of their Cancer Votes program, ACS CAN called on

March 5, 2024

Milwaukee attorney Philip R. O’Brien has accepted the role of Cancer Votes National Ambassador for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society (ACS). This role is an expansion of O’Brien’s current commitment to ACS CAN as a member of its national Board of Directors since 2019. Cancer Votes is ACS CAN’s nonpartisan electoral program, a public education avenue through which cancer issues are elevated as a key priority during election cycles. As National Ambassador, Phil O’Brien will serve as a brand leader, seeking to draw high levels of engagement from volunteers, the media and the advocacy and business communities.

October 27, 2022

In the Badger State, we have a proud tradition of taking care of each other when our friends and neighbors are struggling. It’s the Wisconsin way. Right now, tens of thousands of Wisconsinites are struggling to afford health care for diseases like cancer.

October 20, 2022

CEO of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Dr. Karen Knudsen, is interviewed about ACS CAN’s Cancer Votes work in Georgia by John Clark on the Georgia Focus Program. Listen to learn more about why Dr. Karen Knudsen says, “Expanding Medicaid eligibility is arguably the single most impactful policy