The ACS develops guidelines for cancer screening and prevention to meet the needs of clinicians, the general public, and policy.
Screening Guidelines Development Process
Since 1980, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has introduced and periodically updated guidelines or guidance related to screening and/or informed decision-making about tests for early detection of cancers (and, in some cases, precursor lesions) of the breast, cervix, colon and rectum, endometrium, lung, and prostate. These screening guidelines have evolved with new scientific data, as new screening technologies became available, and as standards for creating guidelines changed.
Read more about our screening guideline creation process.
Prevention Guidelines Development Process
For those who do not use tobacco, weight control, dietary choices, and levels of physical activity are the most important modifiable determinants of cancer risk. Our guidelines reflect the most current scientific evidence related to dietary and activity patterns and cancer risk. They focuson recommendations for individual choices but also present recommendations for community action to create a supportive social and physical environment in which individuals have genuine opportunities to choose healthy behaviors.