Image for Micro

While it is critical for you to actively play a role in your own cancer prevention and early detection efforts, collectively we can affect even greater change through broader advocacy efforts at local, state and national levels.

The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation® is empowering people to stay ahead of cancer through prevention and early detection. Our vision is a world where cancer is preventable, detectable and beatable for all. The Prevent Cancer Foundation is the only U.S. nonprofit organization solely devoted to cancer prevention and early detection.

While it is critical for you to actively play a role in your own cancer prevention and early detection efforts, collectively we can affect even greater change through broader advocacy efforts at local, state and national levels.

The advocacy work of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is driven by the following policy priorities. Each is accomplished through work with the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch (including federal agencies) as well as colleague organizations, state legislatures, and relevant stakeholders including our grassroots advocates.


Support and work towards policies and education efforts that will reduce cancer diagnoses and preventable deaths.


Enhance access to necessary health care services including cancer prevention and early detection screening and resources.


Reduce the barriers for all individuals (particularly those who are underserved) to health and wellness, including, but not limited to, access, affordability, and equity.


Ensure adequate funding for cancer research and prevention efforts at the federal level.

Health Care

Promote patient-centered, accessible, integrated, high-quality health care for all.

Advocacy, in the classic sense, is influencing decision and policy makers in support or opposition of a cause or policy. The Prevent Cancer Foundation, however, helps individuals across the country better understand how they can become advocates through steps, large and small, in their daily lives. Our goals involve demystifying the concept of advocacy and educating people on how they can be their own best advocate.

There are many different types of advocacy including:


Represent the rights and interests of your community (which can be your neighborhood, place of worship, community organization, etc.). Educate those around you so that you can work together to build the strongest community possible.


Work with elected officials (at local, state, or federal levels) to educate and influence them on important legislative decisions. Every individual has a constitutional right to have their voice heard by their elected decision-makers.


Increase public awareness and influence public interest in prevention and early detection through letters to the editor, social media, interviews, etc.


Represent and speak up for yourself and/or your loved ones. Be informed about the issues that impact you and take responsibility to make sure that necessary changes are made so that you have the opportunity to live a healthy life.


Influence laws, regulations, and rules that have an impact on your health and well-being. This can be as lofty as a federal law or as simple as a rule at your workplace.

Effective health care advocacy includes actions, big and small—asking the right questions of health care professionals, being a healthy living role model for family and friends, developing strategies to improve access to health resources in neighborhoods and communities, and lobbying in the halls of state legislatures and Congress.

We hope you will join our team of grassroots advocates with the expertise, energy, and skills necessary promote the message of cancer prevention and early detection and take actionable steps to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities across the nation.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation works in over a dozen coalitions in order to amplify our policy and advocacy voice and presence. Ranging from leadership on cancer policy and regulatory issues to a focus on specific preventable cancers, or enhanced federal funding for biomedical research, the coalitions are active, diverse, and powerful. Although each coalition is different, general activities include: efforts to monitor and take action on legislation, policy, or regulation; lobby days, Capitol Hill briefings, and other trainings and events; public education efforts and outreach; and maintaining a cohesive voice on issues of importance to the cancer and healthcare communities.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation is a member of the following coalitions:


Advocacy Resources


News | Apr 30, 2024 Prevent Cancer Foundation responds to new breast cancer screening guidelines issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
News | Mar 29, 2024 White House declares April 2024 as Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Month
News | Apr 21, 2023 First Lady Jill Biden celebrates Prevent Cancer Foundation’s bipartisan Congressional Families Program working to advance cancer prevention and early detection
News | Apr 14, 2023 First Lady Jill Biden to Join Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program Reception
News | Mar 31, 2023 Prevent Cancer Foundation champions introduction of Nancy Gardner Sewell Medicare Multi-Cancer Early Detection Screening Coverage Act in the House
News | Mar 31, 2023 U.S. District Court ruling threatens access to free, lifesaving cancer screenings under the Affordable Care Act
News | Dec 13, 2022 Over 500 organizations agree: Pass the Medicare Multi-Cancer Early Detection Screening Coverage Act today
News | Oct 13, 2022 Response to NEJM study on colonoscopies
News | Sep 2, 2022 Prevention in Action: Congressional leaders commit to improving cancer screening access
News | Aug 5, 2022 Prevention in Action: Foundation support for LGBTQ+ programs, colorectal cancer screening coverage and more
News | Jun 2, 2022 Prevention in Action: May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, 400+ groups support MCED legislation and more
News | Jun 2, 2022 A Pride Month message from Cheryl Greene, spouse of U.S. Rep. Angie Craig
News | May 26, 2022 Lack of sexual orientation and gender identity data and research affecting cancer care of LGBTQ+ community
News | May 24, 2022 Access for all: How to better address the needs of LGBTQ+ patients
News | May 16, 2022 Working toward inclusion of LGBTQ+ people across the cancer care continuum
News | May 10, 2022 Prevent Cancer Advocacy Workshop explores cancer screening disparities in the LGBTQ+ community
News | Apr 7, 2022 A National Minority Health Month message
News | Apr 5, 2022 Prevention in Action: President’s budget, register for the advocacy workshop and more
News | Mar 15, 2022 Prevention in Action: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, increased access to lung cancer screening and more
News | Feb 22, 2022 Monthly Cancer Prevention Update – February 2022
News | Feb 4, 2022 Prevention in Action: World Cancer Day, expanded coverage for colonoscopies, Cancer Moonshot and more
News | Feb 2, 2022 Statement from Prevent Cancer Foundation in support of President & Dr. Biden’s Cancer Moonshot
News | Jan 7, 2022 Prevention in Action: Request to White House and Congress, Cervical Health Awareness Month and more
News | Dec 20, 2021 New Partnership Formed to Promote Early Cancer Detection
News | Dec 14, 2021 Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program celebrates 30 years of bipartisan cancer prevention and early detection awareness
News | Dec 6, 2021 Prevent Cancer Foundation® remembers former Senator Bob Dole
News | Dec 6, 2021 Prevent Cancer Foundation® raises more than $2 million in record-breaking Annual Gala
News | Dec 3, 2021 Prevention in Action: 50 years of cancer prevention and early detection, lawmakers’ request to CDC and more
News | Nov 18, 2021 Delivering early cancer detection for everyone
News | Nov 5, 2021 Prevention in Action: FDA authorizes first e-cigarette, 50th Anniversary of the National Cancer Act and more
News | Nov 3, 2021 Mary Pasquinelli, DNP, to receive James L. Mulshine, M.D., National Leadership Award for her establishment of lung cancer screening program
News | Oct 1, 2021 Prevention in Action: Breast Cancer Awareness Month and screening reminders, telehealth support for cancer patients and more
News | Sep 10, 2021 Prevent Cancer Foundation promotes a patient-centered approach to save lives
News | Sep 3, 2021 Prevention in Action: MCED white paper, support for health care worker vaccination and more
News | Aug 18, 2021 Congressional Families Program hosts “Stay Skin Healthy” virtual seminar with Dr. Patricia Lucey
News | Aug 6, 2021 Prevention in Action: Protecting access to breast cancer screening, D.C. ban on tobacco flavors and more

Sign up to get the latest about cancer prevention and early detection directly in your inbox.