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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 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.

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 13, 2018When it comes to fighting cancer, we’re all on the same team
News | Dec 7, 2018Power. Progress. Prevention. December 7, 2018
News | Dec 5, 2018The Prevent Cancer Foundation® mourns the loss of President George H.W. Bush
News | Dec 3, 2018FDA makes landmark decision on menthol cigarettes, takes small steps in e-cigarette use
News | Nov 15, 2018“Families Helping Families” at the 26th Annual Action for Cancer Awareness Awards Luncheon
News | Nov 9, 2018Sharon Y. Eubanks honored for her leadership in tobacco control
News | Nov 9, 2018Power. Progress. Prevention. November 9, 2018
News | Oct 26, 2018Power. Progress. Prevention. October 26, 2018
News | Oct 25, 2018Nominations now open: 2019 Cancer Prevention Laurels Awards
News | Oct 12, 2018Power. Progress. Prevention. October 12, 2018
News | Sep 28, 2018Power. Progress. Prevention. September 28, 2018
News | Sep 19, 2018Patient Groups and Doctors Tell Congress to Pass Medicare Virtual Colonoscopy Coverage
News | Sep 14, 2018Power. Progress. Prevention. September 14, 2018
News | Aug 31, 2018Power. Progress. Prevention. August 31, 2018
News | Aug 21, 2018Women’s Health Advocates Applaud USPSTF Decision To Retain Co-Testing in Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines
News | Aug 17, 2018Power. Progress. Prevention. August 17, 2018
News | Aug 6, 2018Trump administration releases final rule on short-term, limited duration health plans
News | Aug 6, 2018Department of Housing and Urban Development moves to protect residents from secondhand smoke
News | Aug 3, 2018Power. Progress. Prevention. August 3, 2018
News | Jul 20, 2018Power. Progress. Prevention. July 20, 2018
News | Jul 19, 2018The Prevent Cancer Foundation® commends Reps. Young and DeLauro for protecting access to comprehensive cervical cancer screening
News | Jul 18, 2018New CDC registry could help identify link between firefighting and cancer
News | Jul 9, 2018The Prevent Cancer Foundation® commends and commemorates winners of the Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC) Excellence in Journalism Award
News | Jul 6, 2018Power. Progress. Prevention. July 6, 2018
News | Jun 22, 2018Power. Progress. Prevention. June 22, 2018
News | Jun 8, 2018Power. Progress. Prevention. June 8, 2018
News | Jun 7, 2018NCI-Designated Cancer Centers Endorse Goal of Eliminating HPV-Related Cancers
News | Jun 4, 2018The Prevent Cancer Foundation® supports American Cancer Society’s new screening recommendations for colorectal cancer
News | May 25, 2018Power. Progress. Prevention. May 25, 2018
News | May 11, 2018Power. Progress. Prevention. May 11, 2018
News | Apr 16, 2018Former first lady Barbara Bush not seeking further treatment
News | Apr 13, 2018Power. Progress. Prevention. April 13, 2018
News | Apr 4, 2018PALS Act moratorium extended through December 31, 2019
News | Feb 2, 2018Power. Progress. Prevention. February 2, 2018
News | Jan 19, 2018Kentucky imposes mandatory work requirements for Medicaid recipients
News | Jan 5, 2018Power. Progress. Prevention. January 5, 2018

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