Fuck Cancer is a nonprofit that focuses on preventing and detecting cancer, as well as bringing everyone together to support those with cancer.
From the Fuck Cancer website:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn more about Fuck Cancer here.