Congress: Increase funding for lifesaving cancer screening programs


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Dear [Decision Maker],

As a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), I am writing to you today regarding fiscal year 2023 (FY23) funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) cancer programs, including critical funds for the National Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP).

The NBCCEDP provides timely access to breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 6 U.S. territories, and 13 tribes. Additionally, it uses population-based approaches, such as public education, outreach, patient navigation, and care coordination, to increase screening and reach underserved populations. With more funding, NBCCEDP could serve more than 60,000 additional women a year, resulting in the detection of more than 600 breast cancers and 1,100 precancerous lesions. For this reason, I am asking that, for FY23, you provide $462.5 million overall for the CDC's cancer programs, including $225 million for the NBCCEDP.

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