Cancer Prevention


More than half of all cancer deaths can be prevented by fully leveraging the knowledge, tools and medical breakthroughs we have today.

Providing everyone with the opportunity to have a health lifestyle and true access to cancer screenings - like mammograms and colonoscopies - could save thousands of lives every year.

We are working to pass laws at every level of government that are proven to help prevent and detect cancer.

Half of all cancer deaths can be prevented.

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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 23, 2018

“We are going to keep going and keep pushing until as few people as possible ever have to hear the words, ‘you have colorectal cancer.’” Dr. Richard Wender, the chief cancer control officer at the American Cancer Society, made this declaration at an event held on Capitol Hill in March

March 22, 2018

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed an FY 18 federal budget, which includes; a $3 billion increase for medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—the largest such funding increase in 15 years; and a $275 million increase for the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

February 15, 2018
New Hampshire

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Amber Herting American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Phone: 508-450-8690 E-mail: [email protected] ACS CAN Applauds Sununu’s Commitment to Continued Access to Health Care for Granite Staters CONCORD – February 15, 2018 – Today, Governor Chris Sununu issued his annual State of the State

February 12, 2018

The administration released its FY19 budget today including a minimum $1 billion cut for medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), down from what the House and Senate committees have approved for FY 18 funding levels.

Cancer Prevention Resources

The American Cancer Society and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network provided comments on the Draft Recommendation Statement: Aspirin to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer.

Passing the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act (H.R. 1220 and S. 624) would eliminate unexpected costs, and remove the financial disincentives that prevent people from getting their cancer screening.

Prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare coverage for preventive services was not adequate to protect our nation’s seniors from diseases that can be prevented or detected early.