Breast and Cervical Cancer


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

April 25, 2017

Cancer Patients and Survivors Traveled to Harrisburg to Urge Legislators to Make Cancer a Priority Volunteers Met with Pennsylvania Lawmakers to Ask for Support for Strengthening the Clean Indoor Air Act and Maintaining Funding for the HealthyWoman program. HARRISBURG, PA – April 25, 2017 – Over 130 cancer patients,

April 24, 2017

Advocates from Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon (PRRR) and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) will join 11 other public health organizations on Capitol Hill Tuesday to urge lawmakers to help end cervical cancer deaths worldwide by integrating prevention and treatment into existing U.S. global health assistance programs.

April 22, 2017

The Indiana General Assembly concluded its 2017 legislative session with various outcomes for cancer prevention. Bryan Hannon, Indiana government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, released the following statement in response: “Health advocates across the state truly came together this legislative session to work hard for

April 3, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – April 3, 2017 – Cancer survivors, caretakers and health professionals will convene at the Capitol building Wednesday, April 5, to ask their legislators to protect and support statewide programs that drive down Missouri’s cancer rates and save lives. Tobacco use kills more than 11,000 Missourians and

Breast and Cervical Cancer Resources

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.

The NBCCEDP is an important tool in the fight against cancer. ACS CAN is committed to ensuring that all women have the opportunity to get potentially lifesaving cancer screenings and services. In this factsheet, we urge state and local legislators to continue support for the NBCCEDP program in their state.