New policies and data-driven approaches are essential to reducing cancer risk. Any effort must prioritize systemic barriers to cancer screening and services across underserved groups.
Targeted actions and policy changes that support the needs
of all patients can include:
New guidelines and recommendations for early cancer detection that keep pace with rapid technological advancements and reflect the unique needs of minority and disadvantaged populations
Incentives that drive innovation in early detection and screening technologies
Coverage of and access to early detection and screening technologies in both private and public insurance plans covering underserved communities
Better measures and standards for assessing impact of early detection and screening
Broad initiatives that promote community outreach and education
Medicare Multi-Cancer Early Detection Screening Coverage Act
Bipartisan legislation in Congress will help ensure people on Medicare have access to MCED tests when they are approved by the FDA. Medicare coverage is particularly important because seniors are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer.