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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 saving lives through cancer prevention and early detection across all populations. Our vision is to Stop Cancer Before it Starts!® 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 | 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
Document | Jul 21, 2021 Reps. Wasserman Schultz and Upton Reintroduce Legislation to Protect Women’s Access to Mammograms
News | Jul 9, 2021 Prevention in Action: FDA and tobacco products, innovation in multi-cancer screenings and more
News | Jun 25, 2021 Prevention in Action: ACA remains intact, LGBTQ+ Americans and cancer risk and more
News | Jun 18, 2021 U.S. Supreme Court rules to uphold Affordable Care Act
News | Jun 11, 2021 Prevention in Action: National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week, Brooks-LaSure confirmed and more
News | Jun 11, 2021 Shifting the cancer screening paradigm
News | Jun 4, 2021 Leaders in cancer prevention honored for COVID-19 resilience by the Prevent Cancer Foundation
News | Jun 3, 2021 Medicare multi-cancer early detection legislation introduced in Senate
News | May 28, 2021 Prevention in Action: Senate bill on multi-cancer early detection coverage, new colorectal cancer screening guidelines and more
News | May 20, 2021 NCI-designated cancer centers call for urgent action to get cancer-preventing HPV vaccination back on track
News | May 18, 2021 More people under age 50 now have access to colorectal cancer screening
News | Apr 30, 2021 Prevention in Action: Advocacy Workshop in June and FDA’s ban on menthol cigarettes
News | Apr 30, 2021 Prevent Cancer Foundation applauds FDA proposal to eliminate menthol cigarettes
News | Apr 23, 2021 Better health through earlier cancer detection
News | Apr 16, 2021 Prevention in Action: Biden’s proposed new health agency, expanded lung cancer and more
News | Apr 2, 2021 Prevention in Action: Multi-cancer early detection coverage bill, Rep. Raskin video and American Rescue Plan Act
News | Mar 19, 2021 Rep. Jamie Raskin speaks out on colorectal cancer screening guidelines
News | Mar 16, 2021 Prevent Cancer Foundation leads more than 300 organizations in support of the Medicare Multi-Cancer Screening Coverage Act of 2021
News | Mar 9, 2021 Lung cancer screening eligibility expanded by USPSTF
Document | Dec 9, 2020 Congress on young-onset colorectal cancer
News | Dec 3, 2020 Prevent Cancer Foundation supports House and Senate bills on multi-cancer early detection
News | Dec 3, 2020 Prevent Cancer Foundation applauds the introduction of the Medicare Multi-Cancer Early Detection Screening Coverage Act
News | Oct 27, 2020 USPSTF changes recommended age for colorectal cancer screening to 45
News | Oct 23, 2020 Power. Progress. Prevention. October 23, 2020
News | Oct 16, 2020 The Prevent Cancer Foundation announces 2020-2021 young adult advisory committee

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