Research and Policies for Cancer Prevention
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. and one of the most costly health conditions. Cancer prevention involves more than just our individual choices. Public policies can make it easier – or harder – for people to make decisions that support their health. By advocating for federal policies that support cancer prevention and research, AICR is helping all Americans to lead healthy lifestyles.
We work toward this goal by focusing on key federal priority policy areas that are important for helping people make informed choices to reduce their cancer risk and improve cancer survival.
- Nutrition labels that promote informed choices
- Alcohol labels that educate about cancer risk
- Federal dietary guidelines that are aligned with cancer prevention research
- Federal guidelines for physical activity programs and policies that make it easier to follow AICR’s Physical Activity Recommendation
- Increasing federal funding for cancer research, with an emphasis on prevention and healthy lifestyles
- Access to diet, physical activity and weight loss interventions for people with cancer and cancer survivors
Public Health and Policy Implications
The Need for Policy Action
Our Third Expert Report discusses the importance of taking policy action to influence the broader determinants of cancer that are beyond personal control. It presents a new policy framework that outlines actions that can be taken to promote physical activity, eating healthy, breastfeeding, and reducing alcohol consumption.
AICR’s policies align with the strategies in WCRF’s NOURISHING framework, which recognizes that policy actions are needed in the environment, food system, and behavior change communications to promote health diets and reduce obesity.
AICR is turning what we know about cancer prevention into policies that make it easier for you to make healthier choices. To help achieve this goal, we engage policymakers in a variety of ways, from comment letters to lobby days, to make sure our voice is heard.
We need your help! Your voice and your story can help policymakers understand the importance of cancer protective policies that decrease the burden of cancer in our country. Download the Contacting Your Members of Congress: A Quick Guide, and engage your members via phone, email, or social media.
You have an opportunity right now to participate in one of the AICR policy priorities by advocating for federal research funding. Learn how to contact your members of Congress by downloading the guide above and use this script to speak with your members of Congress about funding pivotal research for cancer prevention and survivorship. Share your advocacy efforts with us by emailing AICR staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or tagging us on social media.
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