Over the past 50 years, billions of dollars have been spent on research and treatment of cancer while funding for prevention and management has been neglected. Approximately 50% of all cancers are preventable, however the National Cancer Institute in 2012 spent more than $3 billion dollars for basic research and treatment with only $232 million (7.7%) going towards prevention and control.
Fuck Cancer looks to fill in where the rest have left off. We aim to prevent, detect and unite those affected by Cancer. We look at things differently, create change and impact around preventing and finding cancer before it happens.Download our Programs outline
The Need: While progress has been made on research and treatment, there continues to be increases in many cancers. Approximately half of all cancers are preventable so Fuck Cancer aims to invest and fill in the funding gaps that other organizations have left open.
Our Approach: We help our community prevent cancer by creating educational campaigns around behavior change and by promoting scientifically proven routes for cancer prevention such as HPV vaccination.
Fuck Cancer is rolling out the NOT US campaign, URL is letsfcancer.com/NotUs. Togethe
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Most importantly, lung cancer from smoking is the most preventable form of cancer death in the world.
Fuck Cancer wants to help save lives. Utilize our resources for yourself or someone you love to quit smoking.
HPV causes about 26,800 of new cases of cancer per year in the United States and over 450,000 globally. High-risk HPV-associated cancers account for approximately 5% of all cancers worldwide. In 2009, HPV-associated cancers accounted for 3.3% of all cancer cases among women and 2.0% of all cancer cases among men in America.
Fuck Cancer is working to de-stigmatize the HPV vaccine, educate on its importance and facilitate vaccine uptake through educational campaigns and on the ground partnerships for vaccine administration. Our goal is to facilitate 100% vaccine coverage of boys and girls aged 11-12.
The Need: Early detection of cancer through screening reduces mortality from cancers of the colon and rectum, breast, uterine, cervix and lung and is the first step in preventing cancer from ever developing. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, routine screening can reduce the number of people who die from colorectal cancer by at least 60%. Increased early detection will substantially reduce the billions of dollars spent on cancer treatment each year.
Our Approach: Fuck Cancer is invested in equitable access to early detection. We support both innovative research around early detection and existing screening models.
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Keeping a healthy lifestyle, not smoking and knowing how to perform a self-breast exam plus getting regular screenings can save your life.
Fuck Cancer is partnering with community organizations that mobilize people and resources to provide at-risk women with the education, screening and/or treatment needed to fight breast cancer. We also support innovative molecular profiling & biomarkers research that detects very small tumors, predict patient’s response to anti-cancer therapies, and determine a patient’s risk of developing other types of cancers.
As part of our events model, we give back 20% of proceeds from each event to local healthcare organizations providing free screening tests to the underserved including pap smears, colon cancer screening and mammograms. Recent partnerships include funding cervical cancer screening in Los Angeles at the South Central Family Health Center and breast and oral cancer screening in Vancouver through the BC Cancer Foundation.
The Need: Cancer death rates continue to fall and with it the numbers of survivors increase. Specifically, the number surviving passed a cancer diagnosis in the US doubled between 1992 and 2012 and is expected to rise to 18 million by 2022(or 5% of the US population). These people and their families are in need of psychosocial support that far exceeds research and traditional programming.
Our Approach: Fuck Cancer provides our community a space to be heard, feel connected and unite. We have curated conversation and information geared towards our community and a place to share your experience to be part of something bigger than the disease. We also provide in-person experiences to help grow a network of support that can continue to provide the psychosocial care needed to thrive in spite of cancer.
Cancer affects different populations differently, and minority groups in the United States continue to bear a greater cancer burden than non-minority groups. Many of the issues causing certain cancers to be more prevalent among minority groups can be addressed. Increasing awareness of existing cancer disparities and strategies to eliminate them is one key way to tackle the problem.
FCancer is actively raising awareness about these disparities through a digital campaign, Unite. BeEducated and download our Unite pamphlet to learn more.
FCancer has teamed up with Kids Connected and Alma Family Services to provide psychosocial support services to families where one parent has been diagnosed with cancer. We host a bilingual, Los Angeles support group for children where youth meet face to face under the guidance of a professional therapist to discuss how a parent’s cancer is impacting their lives. In addition the entire family can take advantage of the comprehensive free services offered.
Where: The Wellness Center, a culturally sensitive wellness and prevention hub in East Los Angeles at the historic LA County Hospital at 1200 N. State Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033
When: The fourth Wednesday of the month from 6p – 7:30p
The FDxFC retreat is a partnership between First Descents, Ace Hotel and Fuck Cancer. First Descents provides life-changing outdoor adventures for young adults impacted by cancer that have been shown to increase body confidence, self compassion and self esteem while decreasing depression, alienation and fatigue. The retreat will be based on First Descents past programming while incorporating new Fuck Cancer elements giving our community a chance to unite together and provide support. The retreat will culminate in honoring Linda Gerard, a fiery, radiant star who was a beloved member of the Ace family and legend around Palm Springs.