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
The mission of CS is to ensure that all women be educated of the early warning symptoms of womens cancers. Early detection equals survival. Fran Drescher is a uterine cancer survivor, who has authored a book about her experience, which she travels the world sharing with others. She is committed, articulate and does not give up. With the CS Movement, she works with politicians to change legislation regarding womens cancers. This organization is only two-years-old, however, has made great strides. Everyone loves the Franny and when she speaks, they listen and learn. I was a founding board member and continue to volunteer. The letters we received from women who went to their gyn. and requested a transvaginal ultrasound, even though it was not offered, and learned early that they had a mass on an ovary or the thickening of the uterine lining, were powerful. Remember education is power. I learned a lot, too. I feel equipped to listen to my body, how to be a medical consumer by asking questions of my physician, writing down the answers and in conjunction with them get the proper care. I know firsthand how many hours the staff, the volunteers AND the boardmembers work. This organization is crucial. I would recommend everyone, men and women alike, go to www.cancerschmancer.org and become a free member so that you will receive newsletters about the upcoming events, accomplishments and goals of Cancer Schmancer.