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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Congress: Increase funding for cancer research

As Congress negotiates a final budget for the coming year, it's critical that they make fighting cancer a top priority.

Latest Updates

April 12, 2021
Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA – As lawmakers dive into the new legislative session, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) looks ahead to what public health initiatives our lawmakers can accomplish during the 2021 legislative session. Long after this pandemic passes, people deserve to live full, healthy lives.

March 12, 2021
Mississippi

JACKSON, MS – March 4, 2021 – The Mississippi State Legislature is officially recognizing today, March 4 as Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Cancer Awareness Day in the state. Mississippi continues to have some of the lowest HPV vaccination rates in the nation and today’s action will help raise awareness on

February 17, 2021
Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Today, Gov. J. B. Pritzker released his proposed budget for Illinois. Shana Crews, director of government relations in Illinois for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), made the following statement in reaction. “As an organization dedicated to reducing suffering and death from cancer,

February 4, 2021
Nevada

Today is World Cancer Day and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network urges the legislature to protect funding for breast and cervical cancer screening and tobacco control efforts. ACS CAN is deeply concerned that the state’s proposed budget slashes approximately $2.5 million from Nevada’s already underfunded tobacco prevention program that was being used to address the youth e-cigarette epidemic.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Resources

For more than 20 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program has decreased disparities in breast and cervical cancer deaths.

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 40 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.