Today, the Biden Cancer Moonshot convened a diverse and influential set of employers, benefits-managers, experts, and advocates at the White House to advance knowledge-sharing and best practices to make cancer screenings more accessible for American workers. Progress in this area is critical because cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States and is emerging as a top driver of employer healthcare costs. Early diagnosis of the disease, including through public awareness and increased access to cancer screenings, can improve health outcomes and reduce the cost of cancer care by billions of dollars each year. In total, the companies and organizations that came together represent more than 6.5 million American workers who could benefit from the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to end cancer as we know it as part of the Biden Cancer Moonshot.

Nearly two million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year, with breast, lung, and colorectal cancers accounting for more than half of cancer deaths in the United States, annually. Recommended screenings, even in the absence of notable symptoms, can detect these cancers early, increasing the likelihood of successful treatment and improved patient outcomes. Early diagnosis can also reduce the cost of employee health care and cancer treatment.

This current effort builds on a strong focus of the Biden Cancer Moonshot on improving equitable access and utilization of cancer screening to save and extend the lives of countless Americans. The Biden Cancer Moonshot team will continue to work with employers to make sure workers get recommended cancer screenings. It will take each of us, doing our part, to reach the ambitious goals the President and First Lady set as part of the Biden Cancer Moonshot – to prevent more than 4 million cancer deaths by 2047 and to improve the experience of people who are touched by cancer.

If you are interested in joining this mission, please reach out here. Together, we will end cancer as we know it.

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