Promoting Cancer Prevention and Early Detection and Reducing Health Disparities
Victory in the fight against cancer requires bold new public policies that promote cancer prevention, early detection of cancer, and expand access to quality, affordable health care. Lawmakers make many decisions that impact the lives of Rhode Islanders touched by cancer and their leadership is vital to defeating this disease.
Colorectal Cancer: ACS CAN will work to ensure health plans cover colorectal cancer screening beginning at age 45, without cost-sharing for colonoscopies following a positive non-invasive colorectal cancer screening test.
Breast and Cervical Cancer: ACS CAN will advocate to maintain funding of $69,459 for the Women’s Cancer Screening program, our state’s breast and cervical cancer screening and treatment program for low-income uninsured and underinsured women administered by the Rhode Island Department of Health.
Healthy Eating and Active Living Environments (HEALE): ACS CAN will work with policymakers and partners to pla, implement and evaluate HEALE priority issues including funding for policy, scientific and population-based research and interventions focused on improving nutrition, increasing physical activty and reducing obesity, eith the goal of reducing cancer risk.