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

March 21, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – March 21, 2017 – Today, the State Senate unanimously approved House Bill 1278, which directs the Indiana State Department of Health to identify and address barriers to cervical cancer screening and treatment. The bill now moves to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk for further consideration. In response,

March 8, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – March 8, 2017 – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) recently honored New Albany resident Mary Kost with its Advocacy Volunteer of the Year award at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. The award recognizes the exemplary efforts of an individual who helps

March 7, 2017
South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. – (March 7, 2017) – Earlier today, Coastal Carolina Baseball Coach Gary Gilmore joined dozens of South Carolina legislators in lacing up their sneakers to demonstrate support for cancer survivors, patients and caregivers as well as to honor those who have lost their battle with the disease.

March 7, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – March 7, 2017 – Ninety cancer survivors, caregivers and their families from across the state traveled to the Indiana Statehouse today and called on the General Assembly to prioritize the 36,440 Hoosiers who will be diagnosed with cancer in 2017. The visit was part of

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.