Breast and Cervical Cancer


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

November 18, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, FL – From the panhandle to the Florida Keys, cancer patients, survivors and advocates from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) met with their legislators this week in support of increasing funding for biomedical and early detection programs as well as raising the minimum age

Cancer Candor Blog
October 28, 2019
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Colorado, Texas, Wyoming

Even as Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close, ACS CAN will keep working year-round, across the country and with both state and federal lawmakers, to advance the public policies we know will reduce the burden of breast cancer.

October 25, 2019
South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SC – October 25, 2019 – Raising awareness on breast and cervical cancer, over 80 cancer survivors and caregivers gathered with former and current lawmakers for afternoon tea at the The Lace House yesterday. In view of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action

October 23, 2019
South Carolina

Join the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) as it celebrates and remembers breast and cervical cancer survivors and caregivers on Thursday, October 24 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Ann Tunky Riley Pink Tea.

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.