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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Urge Congress to vote YES to save more lives from breast and cervical cancer

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote soon to reauthorize a program that provides free and low cost breast and cervical cancer screenings to those who need them most. 

Latest Updates

May 17, 2024

Statement from American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Missouri Government Relations Director Emily Kalmer JEFFERSON CITY, M o. – “As lawmakers close the 2024 legislative session, their record on improving cancer policy is decidedly mixed for the estimated 39,120 Missourians who will be

April 22, 2024
New York

Esta semana, los líderes estatales aprobaron el presupuesto estatal para el año fiscal 2024-25. En respuesta, Michael Davoli, director de relaciones gubernamentales sénior de la Red de Acción contra el Cáncer de la Sociedad Americana contra el Cáncer (ACS CAN por sus siglas en inglés) de Nueva York, emitió la siguiente declaración.

April 22, 2024
New York

This week, state leaders approved the state budget for FY 2024-25. In response, Michael Davoli, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) New York Senior Government Relations Director, released the following statement:

March 28, 2024
South Dakota

SJR 501, passed with little in the way of discussion or specifics, will be placed on the November ballot as Amendment F. ACS CAN will be part of a broad coalition of health advocacy groups opposed as similar programs in other Medicaid Expansion states have accomplished little other than stripping health care from those most in need.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Resources

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.