Cancer Prevention


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 health 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.

Take Action

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Expand funding for lifesaving breast and cervical cancer prevention programs

Congress should expand funding for a program that provides lifesaving mammograms and pap tests to thousands of American women each year.  Ask Congress to prioritize funding for these lifesaving cancer screenings.

Latest Updates

Cancer Candor Blog
October 18, 2018

This October, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we reflect on our efforts to reduce the breast cancer burden nationwide and continue our commitment to fighting the second leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States.

October 17, 2018

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) released a publication today to illustrate health disparities across the cancer continuum and discuss public policy strategies to address those disparities. Cancer Disparities: A Chartbook illustrates the scope of cancer disparities that exist in the United States.

October 12, 2018

Those of us who read the letters to the editor in the News Tribune know how political every issue seems to be. Each side accuses the other. That's why it is so important to hear what the candidates say on each issue. As a volunteer for the American Cancer Society

September 12, 2018

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer urged men across Virginia to talk to their health care providers about their individual risk for prostate cancer and applauded Governor Ralph Northam for recognizing September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Virginia.

Cancer Prevention Resources

The American Cancer Society and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network provided comments on the Draft Recommendation Statement: Aspirin to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer.

Passing the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act (H.R. 1220 and S. 624) would eliminate unexpected costs, and remove the financial disincentives that prevent people from getting their cancer screening.

Prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare coverage for preventive services was not adequate to protect our nation’s seniors from diseases that can be prevented or detected early.