The American Cancer Society has long been a leader in raising awareness about the importance of cancer screening. Now, amid unprecedented declines in screening rates as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are approaching our efforts to increase screening rates with more urgency than ever.
Even before the pandemic, screening rates weren’t high enough. We don’t know the full extent of the decline due to the pandemic yet, but this much is clear: if we don’t act with sustained urgency to help people get back to screening, we could see a rise in cancer mortality rates in the coming years.
Every movement needs a leader, and the American Cancer Society is the organization to lead the charge at the local, state, and national levels. We’re convening partners in all sectors – health systems, corporate partners, community organizations, government, and more – to make sure people are getting their recommended screening tests. Our efforts will focus on populations with traditionally lower screening rates, including populations who have been historically disadvantaged.
This work has already started and will continue throughout 2021 and beyond. Here’s a look at the six components of the effort:
Here are a few ways you can support our efforts:
- Make sure you’re up to date on your recommended screening tests.
- Encourage your friends and family to get screened.
- Learn more about screening by visiting cancer.org/stayhealthy.
- Post about the importance of screening on your personal social media.