Cancer Champions on Capitol Hill: Rep. Jim McGovern
Each month we are spotlighting a member of Congress who supports legislation and initiatives that makes a difference in the lives of people impacted by cancer. This month, we recognize Rep. Jim McGovern of the 2nd Congressional District of Massachusetts as a cancer champion for his work in advocating for cancer prevention and the importance of early detection.
In this short video, Rep. McGovern shares how cancer has impacted his family. He also explains why cancer screening and prevention are issues that he cares deeply about.
Screening tests can help find cancer before it causes symptoms, when it may be more easily treated. Currently, early screening tests exist for only 5 cancers:
- Colonoscopy for colorectal cancer
- Pap smear for cervical cancer
- Mammography for breast cancer
- Spiral computed tomography (CT) scan for those who are at a high risk of developing lung cancer
- Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test for prostate cancer
"I encourage everybody to learn what cancer screenings are recommended for you and to get your screening appointments back on the books."
— Rep. Jim McGovern
Multi-cancer early detection technologies hold tremendous promise in complementing existing cancer screening capabilities, reducing disparities, and saving more lives by detecting cancer early. A simple blood draw can be done in practically any medical setting, delivering screening opportunities to communities that have been traditionally underserved, including communities of color, rural areas, and tribal areas. Learn more about new and emerging screening technologies.
Would you like to become 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. Our Cancer Policy Institute runs a grassroots advocacy network where members can receive information on policy decisions affecting the cancer community. Members also learn about ways to get involved in shaping policy decisions.
"Please reach out to your elected officials about the importance of investing in cancer research and early detection."
— Rep. Jim McGovern