When we rely on others to enact change that we want to see, we possess no agency in seeing those changes implemented. Your perspective and participation matter.
Stand Up for People Impacted by Cancer
- Be part of a network that interacts with policy makers on key issues important to cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones.
- Stay up to date on healthcare and cancer care policies and legislation.
- Learn about opportunities to take action and make your voice heard.
- Participate in research to help improve the lives of people with cancer.
Cancer Advocacy: Your Questions Answered
What do cancer advocates do?
Cancer advocates work to educate the community and policymakers on important issues that affect people impacted by cancer. This can be done on a local, state, or federal level. Some examples of cancer advocacy include:
- Contacting legislators to voice support or opposition for an issue
- Educating friends and family on issues
- Participating in a health-related activity in your community
- Sharing your story on social media
- Attending a local town hall meeting
- Staying informed and aware of issues that are important to you
Who can become a cancer advocate?
Anyone can be a cancer advocate. Anyone passionate about making a difference in the lives of people impacted by cancer can help change laws and policies that affect cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. Although advocacy may seem intimidating, it’s important to remember that big waves can be made from small ripples.
How do cancer advocates help people who have been impacted by cancer?
When policymakers are educated about issues that affect people with cancer, and when policies are created or changed, it impacts the lives of the nearly 17 million cancer survivors across the country. Advocacy can lead to increased access to high-quality and affordable medical, social, and emotional care. It can also lead to improved prevention and early detection and help reduce health disparities.