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

June 14, 2018

Patient groups representing millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions filed an amicus curiae or friend of the court brief in the U.S. District Court case, Texas v. United States , citing the devastating impact patients would face should the court side with plaintiffs and move to invalidate the Affordable Care Act.

May 16, 2018

SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Local American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteer Abbie Luzius joined more than 100 other cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, physicians and researchers in Washington, D.C., this week to urge lawmakers to make fighting cancer a top national priority. These advocates united for the 19 th annual One

May 15, 2018

Thank you to Michele Williams, ACS CAN volunteer Co-Lead Ambassador for Maryland and to all of the advocates from many health organizations who attended One Voice Against Cancer Day on Capitol Hill to urge Congress to sustain funding for cancer research and prevention programs. You too can ask your lawmaker

May 3, 2018
Kentucky, Kentucky

2018 Kentucky Legislative Roundup The 2018 Kentucky Legislative Session ended on April 14. It was an eventful one, to say the least, filled with last minute surprises, pension reform, and a tax bill with changes going until the very last day. Despite a multitude of distractions, ACS CAN volunteers

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.