FACT: The federal government is the nation's largest funder of cancer research.
FACT: Insurance companies begin covering many cancer screenings - like mammograms, colonoscopies and Pap tests - because the American Cancer Society and its advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) help get laws passed requiring them to do so.
FACT: More than 30 states and thousands of communities are now smoke-free as a result of advocacy.
These are just a few reasons why cancer is not just a medical issue, it is a public policy issue as well. From the local city council to the U.S. Congress, the American Cancer Society and ACS CAN engage with elected and appointed officials to ensure that cancer remains a top local, state and national priority. Through advocacy, together we can be successful in eliminating suffering and death due to cancer.
ACS CAN is the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard.
Find out how you can help. Visit ACS CAN to see updates and action items for your area.