On August 10, the Prevent Cancer Foundation–as a member of the Cancer Early Detection Alliance (CEDA)–sent a letter to Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) and U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) thanking them for their commitment to improving access to early cancer screening technologies by requesting more information from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). In July, Reps. Pallone and Eshoo requested more information from the USPSTF on improving their timeliness and transparency. Overseen by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, USPSTF serves the critically important role of making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services that often result in coverage and greater access to screenings. For early detection of cancer, the importance of USPSTF cannot be overstated. However, USPSTF’s review process can be slow, often failing to meet the five-year review timeline as mandated under current law, let alone keeping up with research and technological advancements. The USPSTF process could be improved with greater transparency and more stakeholder input.
CEDA applauds Reps. Pallone and Eshoo’s leadership in USPSTF oversight and commits to working with them to remove barriers in the USPSTF review process. With more timely review, increased transparency and stakeholder input, USPSTF’s actions will ultimately result in fewer lives lost to cancer and other preventable diseases, especially for underserved populations.