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Biomarker testing identifies markers of mutations in a patient’s cancer cells. The results of biomarker tests can help determine the best treatment plan for a specific patient.

Latest Updates

May 19, 2022
Rhode Island

Today, the Rhode Island Senate passed legislation that would ensure biomarker testing is covered by more insurance plans, including Medicaid, when patients need it.

September 29, 2021
Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin and House Deputy Majority Whip Mia Ackerman each received the National Distinguished Advocacy Award this week, the most prestigious award presented by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), in recognition of their significant contributions to the fight against cancer.

April 29, 2021
Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI Today, Gov. Daniel McKee will sign into law The Maryellen Goodwin Colorectal Cancer Screening Act, which ensures Rhode Islanders can access affordable preventative colorectal cancer screening beginning at age 45. It does this by eliminating cost-sharing for all preventative colorectal cancer screening tests for people 45

January 10, 2021
Rhode Island

The American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network in Rhode Island hopes to persuade state lawmakers to revisit tabled legislation on colorectal cancer screenings.

Rhode Island Events

October 7, 2022EST
Providence, RI

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) will host its 9 th annual Rhode Island Research Breakfast on Friday, October 7 th from 7:30am – 9:30am (Breakfast/Registration: 7:30am | Program 8:00 am – 9:30am) at the Providence Marriott (1 Orms St). Like year’s past, the breakfast will bring together key leaders and decision makers in government, research and academia to discuss the cancer research and innovation happening in Rhode Island.

State Contacts

Cori Chandler
Rhode Island Government Relations Director
Amber Hillman Herting
Associate Director, Media Advocacy
Natalie Shurtleff
ACS CAN Grassroots Manager, Rhode Island

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