Reducing Health Disparities


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

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Tell Congress To Pass The DIVERSE Trials Act To Expand Access To Clinical Trials And The Latest Advancements In Treatment

The DIVERSE Trials Act would make it easier for cancer patients everywhere to participate in clinical trials while removing barriers that are known to keep certain racial and ethnic groups, older adults, rural residents, and those with limited incomes from being appropriately represented. 

Latest Updates

November 10, 2022

New data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) finds more than 3 million youth report current use (past 30 days) of any tobacco product in 2022.

November 8, 2022

California voters passed Proposition 31 to uphold a popular and bipartisan statewide law ending the sale of most flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes and e-cigarettes. The law, which takes effect immediately, will help protect kids from a potential lifetime of addiction, reduce tobacco use and advance health equity.

October 4, 2022

PORTLAND – Both candidates for Oregon’s Congressional District 5, Jamie McLeod-Skinner and Lori Chavez-DeRemer, have publicly stated their positions on how, if elected, they would work to make cancer a national priority. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is contacting federal and state candidates across the

September 23, 2022

Twelve groups representing millions of patients across the nation will file an amicus curiae - or friend of the court - brief today urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect access to quality health care for individuals with Medicaid health coverage.

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.