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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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Join us in calling on Congress to ensure women – no matter where they live or how little money they make – can get a free or inexpensive breast or cervical cancer screening.

Latest Updates

September 22, 2021
National

Washington, DC – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) launched a new advertising campaign this week highlighting its strong support for the Medicare Multi-Cancer Early Detection Screening Coverage Act (H.R. 1946/S. 1873), legislation that aims to improve access to new and innovative cancer screenings among Medicare beneficiaries

July 27, 2021
National

Today the U.S. House of Representatives will begin debate on a package of funding bills for FY 2022, including funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

July 16, 2021
Tennessee

NASHVILLE, TN — The American Cancer Society and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network believe it is critical that Tennessee parents and families continue to receive scientific-based information about the HPV vaccine that is still widely available throughout Tennessee. Tennessee has one of the lowest rates of HPV vaccinations

July 15, 2021
National

Washington, D.C. ---Today the House Appropriations Committee will vote on a proposed FY 2022 spending bill that would increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $6.5 billion and include a $432 million increase for the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and $194 million for the Cancer Moonshot.

Cancer Prevention Resources

An estimated 149,500 men and women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2021 and 52,980 individuals are estimated to die from the disease. Without a continued, dedicated federal investment in colorectal cancer prevention and early detection, the U.S. could experience a reduction in screening leading to increases in completely preventable colorectal cancer cases and deaths. This factsheet discusses the importance of continued funding for the Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP).

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.

 

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer death in women. Breast cancer screening is an effective way of reducing breast cancer mortality and increasing survival odds.