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More than half of all cancer deaths can be prevented by fully leveraging the knowledge, tools and medical breakthroughs we have today.

Providing everyone with the opportunity to have a healthy lifestyle and true access to cancer screenings - like mammograms and colonoscopies - could save thousands of lives every year.

We are working to pass laws at every level of government that are proven to help prevent and detect cancer.

Half of all cancer deaths can be prevented.

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Let's save more lives by reducing obesity, improving nutrition and increasing physical activity

Being overweight or obese is the number one cancer risk for people who don't use tobacco. 

Latest Updates

September 7, 2022
National

Today U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor issued a ruling that may lead Affordable Care Act-compliant health plans to deny coverage for or reinstate cost-sharing for certain preventive health services.

May 24, 2022
Iowa

Today, Governor Kim Reynolds signed The Gail Orcutt School Radon Safety Bill (named after a beloved retired teacher who died of radon-induced lung cancer), which requires radon testing and mitigation in Iowa schools.

March 29, 2022
National

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Monday the Biden administration released its FY 2023 budget, which includes $5 billion for the forthcoming creation of the Advanced Research Project on Health (ARPA-H) but reduces funding by nearly $200 million for the National Cancer Institute (NCI); a scenario which may threaten to undermine the president’s

March 29, 2022
Iowa

The Iowa Senate voted unanimously to approve House File 2412, which would require radon testing and mitigation in Iowa schools. The Gail Orcutt School Radon Safety Bill (named after a beloved retired teacher who died of radon-induced lung cancer) now heads to the governor’s desk.

Cancer Prevention Resources

The undersigned public health, medical and professional organizations write in strong support of your recent announcement that FDA will issue a proposed rule to reduce the nicotine level in cigarettes to non-addictive or minimally addictive levels. Such a standard would generate massive public health benefits, preventing millions of young people from smoking and dramatically reducing the number of people who die from tobacco-caused diseases. We urge you to move forward with this proposal as quickly as possible.

The undersigned organizations write to express our concern that FDA has yet to issue any decisions on applications for marketing orders for menthol-flavored e-cigarettes or e-liquid products. We believe granting any such orders would be inconsistent with the agency’s marketing denial orders for other non-tobacco flavored products and would be harmful to public health, particularly to the health of young people.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States. Yet, about 1 in 3 adults aged 50 to 75 are not getting tested as recommended. This factsheet discusses the importance of screening for colorectal cancer and what can be done to improve screening in the U.S.