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 Prevent Cancer Foundation’s mission is saving lives through cancer prevention and early detection across all populations. Since 1985, Prevent Cancer has invested over $138 million in support of cancer prevention research, education, advocacy and outreach programs nationwide and has played a pivotal role in developing a body of knowledge that is the basis for important prevention and early detection strategies.
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.
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: