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Causes: Cancer, Health

Mission: The Cancer Schmancer Movement is dedicated to saving women's lives through early detection of cancer. We are: • transforming women from patients into informed medical consumers • educating women on the importance and methods of early detection • shifting this nation’s priority from just looking for a cure, to prevention and early detection.

Target demographics: Women

Geographic areas served: National

Programs: EARLY DETECTION FRAN VAN PROGRAM - Cancer Schmancer has discovered that there are many existing cancer-screening services for low-income individuals, the uninsured and underinsured; however, many of them are struggling to reach the people they have committed to serve, particularly women, because they just don’t have the capacity to get the message out. This is where Cancer Schmancer can have the greatest impact. Because of our belief in collaboration to achieve a higher goal, we have built a model to partner with local, existing cancer screening services for women in need in order to reach and build capacity. (These partners are screening equipment transport vans, mobile cancer screening vans, or local clinics/hospitals, depending on the greatest need of each community.) As part of our capacity building, the Early Detection Fran Van program provides training to outreach volunteers who will help educate the communities and help women make and keep their screening appointments. This year, we are in the process of development and piloting this program in three cities, with an ultimate goal of development in cities across the US and eventually abroad. WE THE FUTURE - mobilizes the youth of this country to engage in community education and fundraising initiatives in order to support Cancer Schmancer’s programs and share the life-saving message of early detection and living healthily. www.CancerSchmancer.org/wethefuture

Community Stories

120 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If I didn't happen to stumble across Cancer Schmancer, I'm not sure what I would have done! I've never been the type to go to the doctor or take care of myself, but hearing Fran's story, I was able to go to the doc and get my symptoms checked out. Luckily it wasn't cancer or anything, but I was so happy to be this "new person" who did what they were suppose to in terms of their health.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I joined Cancer Schmancer back when it first started and I have donated faithfully ever since. I follow the movement because I think it is one of the most worthy causes out there. The value of a person's life is worth more than any amount of money and the only way to ensure a long life is through health. Unfortunately you can't always rely on doctors and so you must rely on yourself to be an advocate to your health. This can be quite stressful so to have someone else also be a lookout for you is a wonderful thing and that is what I feel Cancer Schmancer does. It helps empower people to take control of their bodies and if they faulter that is ok because Cancer Schmancer is their back up...giving them tips on what to do and what questions to ask. Cancer Schmancer's goal is to diagnose cancer in Stage 1 when it is most curable. If diagnosed in Stage 1 the survival rate can be as high as 95%. If you help support Cancer Schmancer you can be one of the millions of people who believe in getting that Stage 1 diagnose in order to save lives. If everyone had that chance millions of people would survive each year. You can't put a price on that. If you had the chance to save a life, wouldn't you?

Review from Guidestar

Ronald H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think prevention should be a top priority! It takes SO long to even get seen by a doctor unless you already know. I'm currently on a waiting list of about 24 months for a colonoscopy as it runs in my family... More needs to be done!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This charity really get it! There is so much focus on a cure for cancer while the key is in early detection and pervention. 90% of cancer is curable when caught in the first stage. 90%!!! That is what Cancer Schmancer is all about. Early dectection is the key to saving lives and with Cancer Schmancer programs like the Fran Vans, this charity is doing its best to help women catch breast and ovarian cancer in its first stage so that these women have a chance to fight and live. Go Cancer Schmancer!

P.S. I love you Fran!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

hi, my name is valerie and im 14 years old. The only time i have heard about cancer in my family was my grandmother. My dad's mom had ovarian cancer. she had 5 kids and a husband. My dad was the youngest of the kids and a very hardworking kid as well. That was great because they were poor. Living in the city it was hard. they got through it though. My grandmother fought with cancer for a little while. I don't know the full story. All I know is that she struggled. She was in a great deal of pain all the time. She was in her early 50's if not 50 when she died. My dad was only 19. He went to a little college before that but dropped out because she needed all the support she could get. Now my dad married my mom a little after that and had me. I'm the oldest of 5. I wish i knew my grandmother because she sounded great. I never met my grandfather either. I'm so greatful for the Cancer Schmancer Movement because i know they are helping people to detect cancer when it is most curable. STAGE 1 IS THE CURE! Now my greatest hero is Fran Drescher. When i look at her I think that that tiny body is helping millions. thanks fran! you are truly my hero and my role model!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My mother is a Breast Cancer survivor. At the time of her diagnosis, I was 16 years old. I didn't know what to do, or what to think. And to be quite honest, neither did she. We had heard briefly of Fran's struggle, but after cancer hit so close to home, we both started doing our research. Cancer Schmancer helped us both. My mother learned not to take this lying down, and just act like her doctors had the final say. She asked questions, got second opinions, worked fast, and became a medical consumer. We were both fans of Fran, and seeing her strength and courage, and her willingness as a celebrity to reach out to the public and start something that would save lives gave us hope, and we knew that everything was going to work out. I am 21 years old now, and I see my mother as my biggest inspiration, but Fran Drescher is right alongside her, because she helped me keep my head up, and not feel sorry for myself, or my mother, because we didn't act like victims. Cancer? "Cancer Schmancer!" "If you catch it on arrival, 95% survival!"

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I will preface this with a note that I am a pharmacist. In 2006, before I knew of Cancer Schmancer, my wife suddenly began experiencing changes in her health status beginning with elevated blood sugar. This was odd as she historically had very good blood sugar and exercised frequently. I asked her to ask her naturopathic physician to perform a blood insulin level test. Her insulin levels were low. Her primary care physician (PCP) chose to prescribe a drug called metformin for her (suggesting a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome...a reduced sensitivity to insulin). I told my wife that the prescribing of that drug was premature as the diagnosis was inconsistent with the test results. Metabolic syndrome would produce an elevated blood insulin level, not a reduced one. She chose to fill the prescription. I expressed concern that something might be going on with the pancreas. After a month, or so, she began developing central abdominal pain and it was suspected that the metformin as causing this problem. They stopped the metformin. The discomfort did not stop. the pain was coming from an area in the vacinity of the stomach/pancreas. She was referred to a gastro-enterologist (G.I. doctor) who tested her pancreatic enzyme levels. They were okay. The G.I. doctor then arranged to test for gastroparesis... thinking that might be contributing. She had to wait a couple of months for that test. It confirmed what we already knew...her digestive tract was slow (and always had been but with no pain prior to this). I guess the doctor decided that was the connection to the pain. It wasn't clearly stated. We went on vacation for a couple of weeks. When we returned, she asked me to feel her abdomen (central, just below the sternum). It was aching and where it was aching, it was very obviously pulsating. It concerned me as I knew that her grand-mother had died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm and this was in the vacinity of the aorta. I emphasized she needed to get into her PCP right away to arrange an ultrasound scan. Her physician kind of laughed and said if it was an aortic aneurysm, she would likely be dead already...but, to make her husband feel more comfortable, he would arrange an ultrasound. She went in to have the ultrasound of her aorta but while she was there she said her husband had expressed concern about her pancreas and could she check it also. The technician did...then abruptly left the room and a short time later brought a physician in also. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Between the original onset of signs and symptoms, the misinterpretation of these, the misdiagnoses, the delays in testing...about 5 to 6 months of lost treatment time passed....while the cancer became more severe. In the end, it was the actions of her and I that led to the proper diagnosis. My wife had the advantage of having a health care professional at home. Most people do not. Fran Drescher's experience of missed diagnostic opportunities was inexcusable. My wife's situation was less obvious but if the signs and symptoms were methodically evaluated and acted on, she should have an ultrasound of her pancreas area 4 to 5 months sooner. There are far too many such failures in our health care system. In my position as a pharmacist, I see things all the time that are very troubling. I applaud and admire Fran for taking her disturbing personal experience and turning it into a positive by developing and implementing the Cancer Schmancer Foundation in order to try to help others to improve their odds at receiving better diagnostic and treatment outcomes and greater opportunities for such. Thank you, Fran. You will no doubt save lives and reduce the heartache and pain associated with the unnecessary loss of loved ones. Sincerely, Kyle

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hey Everyone! I have recently gotten the book that started this movement "Cancer Schmancer" by Fran Drescher and it's an amazing book. What everyone needs to do is galvanize and become a collective group so we can stop cancer misdiagnosis. I am only 19 and have been affected with cancer. I haven't done anything to get involved with Cancer Schmancer but I am planning to do a club to help. Stage 1 is the Cure!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cancer Schmancer is a great movement dedicated to helping women TAKE CONTROL of their bodies and health. Their website if full of very helpful information regarding gynecological cancers and how to prevent them. CSM motto is, "Stage 1 is the cure!" Why? Because many women IGNORE the early warning signs of cancer, either because they are too busy with their lives or are afraid to know the results. CSM teaches women of all ages to be proactive and speak up at the doctor, because sometimes they care more about a round of golf than their own patients well being. When cancer is diagnosed in Stage 1, there is such a great chance of survival and most women can nip it in the ass before it grows into stage 2 or 3, or even worse...4. Fran Drescher survived cancer and she wants to help women overcome it and prevent them from going through the unfortunate hell she`s experienced. Fran was named Diplomat, has recieved numerous awards for her charity and DEDICATED work helping, inspiring and saving womens` livess! She is a great role model for women of all ages and continues to inspire and lead the way, almost like a teacher for teens and young women who have been through rough times. PLEASE give Cancer Schmancer the 5K, THEY DESERVE IT!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cancer schmancer helps bring awareness to women of of ages all over the world. Fran Dresher helps bring awareness by educating women to see their primary care physician or gynecologist on a routine basis or sooner if their anything unusual going on with the female organs. Because early detection is the best for prompt diagnosis and treatment.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the fact that Fran is doing so much to help educate & teach women about how to help themselves. I have lost two aunts with breast cancer and if they had the right information & group to help them they would still be with us. As a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant,we are very much into finding a cure as well as helping to educate women about breast cancer. This a acuse that's very dear to my heart, and if there's any way I can help, I'm all in. Let's support this group and the cause. Thank you Fran!!! Nichole Clinton

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I may very well be the first and only person from the male perspective writing a review of the organization, so I better make this a good and through one. After October 2008 and my girlfriend's mother finishing her battle with cancer, of which it was her second bout, I had read or overheard someone talk of the organization, somewhere and somehow. I can't put my finger on the source, but the name naturally got got stuck in my head (It's a catchy one). After checking on what Cancer Schmancer essentially was, I was impressed. So, quite naturally, when I came across one of those search engines on the internet that donate money to your charity of choice per your usage of the site, that's when I began my relationship with Cancer Schmancer. The official word is that, as of today, we have raised over $30 for the organization, with almost $10 of that having been donated just this year. We won't have it with someone offering a disservice and calling that amount insignifcant. In charity, no amount is too small! Believe it! And the bottom line is that there's no one who could have started this movement except Fran. One woman's vision and all of our actions are helping people in a major way.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first learned about this organization when I was diagnosed with cancer. Fran Drescher's book about her life and experience with cancer was given to me to inspire me through my own fight with cancer. Since then I have learned more about the foundation and I whole-heartedly endorse its mission of empowering women and the women we love to listen to our bodies, ask the right questions of our doctors and seek second opinions.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This organization has opened up my eyes on cancer and the key to early detection. Every woman should be entitled for a checkup and every woman should be able to get an early detection. This movement continues to grow and now promotes the youth to become involved and aware of the various cancers out there. Nothing but praise to Fran and her team for promoting and making a change with the Cancer Schmancer movement.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Cancer Schmancer website promotes cancer awareness. It gives us the tools to take control of our body.Very empowering! Everyone associated with this organization has one goal only and that is to find a cure for Cancer!

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am now cancer free after five years. I had breast cancer. Cancer Schmancer has been a breath of fresh air in my life. Fran is a wonderful role model of moving into action and finding humor in the midst of a horrid disease. The foundation provides information and education. Watching Fran at work helped me to get inspired again after cancer. Just the name Cancer Schmancer...brings smiles to me and anyone I mention it to. Laughter helps us heal in and through cancer..... and this foundation with Fran at the head leads the way. I fill myself with laughter when I watch her show or hear about her good works. Humor has helped me heal quicker after cancer. Thank you Fran Drescher for leading the way of humor through the rough journey of cancer.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi, my name is Angela Brugetta. My grandmother died of ovarian cancer. I took care of her until she closed her eyes. She was so strong.She battled it for quite a few years. And most heartfelt memory was when my cousin called me this particular morning and said to hurry, she said, nanny is calling your name!!! There was a snow storm, very bad, me, my husband at the time, and my son, 4 then, walked from one side of the park, thru the park, onto the street where the house was. I ran upstairs to her, and I said, nanny I am here now...she forced and I mean forced her right eye open and looked directly at me with 1 tear coming down her face, and I told her how much I loved her and that I wasn't leaving. I held her hand and she passed around 10 minutes later. Well, that is something I will NEVER forget. I love her so much, my 2nd mother. RIP NANNY...IF YOU CAN HELP SOMEONE FIGHT THIS HORRIBLE DISEASE, EVEN JUST TO SPEND TIME WITH THEM..IT IS SO WORTH IT. Right now I take care of my mother who is bedridden. But if I could, I would help anyone with their battle. Love helps.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful site! So informative, compassionate, and on top of that: fun and entertaining!!! The goal to make women more aware of their bodies, and to promote cancer awareness, is invaluable!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a future physician and breast cancer survivor, I'd like to give my wholehearted endorsement for Cancer Schmancer. This foundation's work focuses on the most important aspect of cancer treatment: early detection. In almost all women's cancers, a Stage 1 diagnosis ensures a healthy prognosis of survival. In other words, a bright future. The chance to spend a lifetime with a loved one or to see children grow up. I was one of those fortunate women who got diagnosed early, and because I know how incredibly wonderful it is to make a full recovery, I support and believe in Fran Drescher and her team. They want to make sure that every woman gets this opportunity by raising awareness and lobbying for increased funding and improvements in women's health, both on state and federal level. For this reason, I urge everyone to support their cause in any possible way.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a two year breast cancer survivor, I have made it my mission to make women aware of how important early detection is. CSF hits this message head on. I look forward to watching this foundation flourish and as we work towards a cure for all cancers.