Reducing Health Disparities

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Cancer impacts everyone, but it doesn’t impact everyone equally. We are working to ensure everyone has a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer. No one should be disadvantaged in their fight against cancer because of how much money they make, the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, their gender identity, their disability status, or where they live.

From ensuring greater diversity among clinical trial participants to improving access to quality, affordable health care, we are asking lawmakers to reduce disparities in cancer care by advancing policies that break down existing barriers.

Black women are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women overall

Latest Updates

February 2, 2023
New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ – February 2, 2023 –Earlier today, Governor Murphy signed legislation to expand access to preventive colorectal cancer screenings. A-3523/ S-2305 is a vital new law that will eliminate financial barriers to lifesaving screenings. Half of colorectal cancer deaths in the U.S. could be prevented each year if every

January 19, 2023
Vermont

In advance of Gov. Phil Scott’s budget address, cancer patients and survivors calling on the governor and elected officials to protect the health of all Vermont residents by increasing funding for the state’s tobacco control program.

December 20, 2022
National

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Early this morning Congress released a proposed FY 2023 funding deal that includes an increase of $2.5 billion for biomedical research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), $408 million more for cancer research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and provides a funding boost to cancer

December 12, 2022
New York

ALBANY , NY – DECEMBER 12, 2022 – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and Santa Clause join children throughout New York in preparing a Christmas wish list, to be delivered tomorrow by Old Saint Nick to legislators in Albany. WHEN : Santa Clause and

Reducing Health Disparities Resources

Prescription drug costs are a significant burden on cancer patients and survivors, sometimes even leading patients to miss or delay taking prescribed medications. The latest Survivor Views survey explores the role copay assistance programs can play in reducing this burden, and also addresses patient navigation and digital therapeutics.

ACS CAN submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the Diversity Plans To Improve Enrollment of Participants From Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Populations in Clinical Trials Draft Guidance for Industry. 

For 30 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program has decreased disparities in breast and cervical cancer deaths.