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 people who do not use tobacco, the most important modifiable determinants of cancer risk are weight control, dietary choices, and levels of physical activity.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) publishes the Diet and Physical Activity Guideline to serve as a foundation for its communication, policy, and community strategies and, ultimately, to affect dietary and physical activity patterns among people living in the US. This guideline is developed by a national panel of experts in cancer research, prevention, epidemiology, public health, and policy, it reflects the most current scientific evidence related to dietary and activity patterns and cancer risk. The guideline focuses on 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. The guideline is updated every 5-7 years, as new evidence accumulates.