Breast and Cervical Cancer

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Mammograms save lives. But, even today, too many women don't have access to lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings.

We are working in Congress and in every state legislature to ensure funding for the federal cancer screening and early detection program that has already helped millions of women and saved thousands of lives.

More than 40,000 women will die from breast cancer this year, while over 13,000 will be diagnosed with cervical cancer.  We're working to convince Congress to increase funding for breast and cervical cancer research that could lead to new medical breakthroughs and save more lives.

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To my U.S. Senators: Increase funding for breast cancer research

Ask your Senator to fund a strong increase in funding for breast cancer research and lifesaving breast cancer prevention programs.

Latest Updates

May 16, 2019
Colorado

DENVER, Colo— Flanked by cancer patients, survivors and advocates, Gov. Jared Polis signed House Bill 1302 into law, renewing Colorado’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Treatment Program for another 10 years to provide cancer treatment for low-income, uninsured and under-insured women. "Unfortunately, people without health insurance have lower

May 1, 2019
Colorado

DENVER, Colo— The Colorado General Assembly today passed House Bill 1302 to renew Colorado’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Treatment Program through 2029. The bill previously passed the House on April 22 and now heads to Gov. Jared Polis’ desk to be signed into law. The American Cancer

April 22, 2019
Colorado

DENVER, Colo.— The Colorado House of Representatives today passed House Bill 1302 to reauthorize Colorado's Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Treatment Program through 2029. The bill has enjoyed strong bipartisan support, passing the House with a vote of 52-12 and now awaits Senate action. The American Cancer Society

April 10, 2019
Missouri

Nearly 100 cancer survivors, caregivers and their families from across the state gathered in Jefferson City today to urge lawmakers to protect young people from skin cancer and increase funding for cancer prevention programs.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Resources

NBCCEDP a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) program provides low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women access to breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services. Ensuring adequate funding for the NBCCEDP will preserve a critical safety net for American women who continue to lack access to lifesaving screening, diagnostic, and treatment services for breast and cervical cancers.

This factsheet discusses risk factors for breast cancer and the importance of screening in the U.S.

If detected early, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treatable cancers. Incidence and mortality rates of cervical cancer have declined by over 50 percent in the past 50 years, largely due to improved screening and early detection. However, the rate of decline has slowed in recent years. Efforts to reduce barriers to screening could greatly improve cervical cancer screening rates, particularly for disparate populations.