Breast and Cervical Cancer

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Mammograms save lives. But, even today, too many women don't have access to lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings.

We are working in Congress and in every state legislature to ensure funding for the federal cancer screening and early detection program that has already helped millions of women and saved tens of thousands of lives.

One in eight women will develop breast cancer and too many will die from the disease. Meanwhile, 13,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer.  We're working to convince Congress to increase funding for breast and cervical cancer research that could lead to new medical breakthroughs and save more lives.

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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

August 3, 2017

A majority of states are missing critical opportunities to pass and implement legislative solutions proven to prevent and fight cancer, according to the 15th annual How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality.

July 21, 2017
Texas

The Texas Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program provides potentially lifesaving mammograms and pap tests for low-income women and connects them to treatment options when needed. ACS CAN works each legislative session to maintain the state’s investment in this federal-state partnership. During the 2017 Texas Legislative session, ACS CAN maintained

July 17, 2017
California

Sacramento, CA – The voices of cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones are making a difference at the Capitol as evidenced by the critically-important cancer-fighting policies that passed the Legislature in 2016. The advocacy affiliate for the American Cancer Society, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN),

July 4, 2017
Illinois

The Illinois General Assembly today approved a one-year budget allocating $13.5 million to the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. It now moves to the governor’s desk for further consideration.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Resources

This factsheet discusses risk factors for breast cancer and the importance of screening in the US.

ACS CAN and the Society/NCCRT study estimating the number of men and women who could remain uninsured and continue to meet the eligibility requirements for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) and the Colorect

In 2016, 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women, and approximately 40,450 women are expected to die from the disease. Breast cancer typically produces no symptoms when the tumor is small and most treatable.