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How Does Your State Measure Up?

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, released its annual How Do You Measure Up? report Thursday, Aug. 3. The report examines state legislative activity on policies proven to reduce death and suffering from cancer.


By American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

ACSReportforIT.PNGHow Do You Measure Up? grades all the states, and Washington D.C., on nine priority issues in tobacco control, cancer prevention and access to care. States are graded through a traffic light system, where “green” is doing well, “yellow” is making progress and “red” is falling behind. Topics examined include:

  • Tobacco excise taxes
  • Smoke-free laws
  • State funding for tobacco control programs
  • Medicaid coverage of tobacco cessation services
  • Indoor tanning device restrictions
  • Increased access to coverage through Medicaid
  • Pain policy
  • Breast and cervical cancer screening funding
  • Palliative care

According to the report, 20 states are falling behind overall by only meeting policy benchmarks on two or fewer of the nine issues examined. No state met eight or nine, but California was in the “green” in seven issue areas, while Massachusetts met benchmarks in six.

The report also highlights steps lawmakers can take to improve healthy eating and active living environments in their states.

ACS CAN encourages state legislators to review the report and take advantage of their unique opportunity to play a critical role in creating healthier environments and reducing suffering and death from cancer.

To see where your state measures up, visit