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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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Urge Congress to protect and increase lifesaving cancer research funding

The fight against cancer doesn't just happen in a doctor's office. Ending cancer as we know it, for everyone, starts in Congress and sustained funding for lifesaving cancer research. 

Latest Updates

February 1, 2024

For World Cancer Day, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network ® (NCCN ® ), American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), and the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) are announcing three key areas of policy focus as part of the Alliance for Cancer Care Equity (ACCE) joint collaboration, including advancing diversity in clinical trials, improving cancer screening and early detection, and increasing access to patient navigation. The organizations are also working with Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) to observe the day with a congressional resolution.

February 1, 2024

For World Cancer Day, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network ® (NCCN ® ), American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), and the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) are announcing three key areas of policy focus as part of the Alliance for Cancer Care Equity (ACCE) joint collaboration, including advancing diversity in clinical trials, improving cancer screening and early detection, and increasing access to patient navigation. The organizations are also working with Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) to observe the day with a congressional resolution.

January 17, 2024
New York

ALBANY, NY – JANUARY 17, 2024 – With her budget address yesterday, the character of Governor Hochul’s 2024 legislative agenda comes into focus, leading advocates to react and highlight opportunities to reduce the cancer burden in New York in 2024. The following is a statement from the American Cancer Society

January 12, 2024
New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ – JANUARY 12, 2024 – As lawmakers dive into the 2024 legislative session, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) urges legislators to prioritize passing legislation to ease the burden of cancer on New Jerseyans, securing each resident equal opportunity to prevent, detect, treat and survive

Cancer Prevention Resources

In 2024, an estimated 13,820 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer, and 4,360 will die from the disease. Cervical cancer can affect any person with a cervix and most often is caused by certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV). Persistent HPV infection causes almost all cervical cancers but fortunately there is a safe and effective vaccine against HPV.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer death in women. Although incidence rates have increased slightly over the past decade, death rates from breast cancer have been consistently declining over the last three decades, largely due to increased screening rates and improved treatment.

Tobacco use causes about one-third of cancer deaths in the nation overall, but the burden varies by state.