Cancer Schmancer: Three Years Old and More Determined Than Ever

Fran Drescher is part of's Changemakers network, comprised of leading voices for social change. Fran is the President of the Cancer Schmancer Movement.

Hey dolls! It's a fabulous day and let me tell you why; June 21st marks my 10-year anniversary of wellness from uterine cancer and the third birthday of my organization, the Cancer Schmancer Movement! It took me two years and eight doctors before finally being told I had a gynecological cancer and my experience inspired me to write the bestseller, Cancer Schmancer.  In 2007, I founded the Cancer Schmancer Movement, dedicated to saving women's lives through early detection of cancer.

Early detection equals survival. It's really that simple. We are transforming women, the caregivers in almost every home, from patients into informed medical consumers; educating them on the importance and methods of early detection; and shifting this nation's priority from just looking for a cure to prevention and early detection.

But as the economy weakens and more people go without health insurance, low-income women in at least 20 states are being turned away or put on long waiting lists for free cancer screenings. Now more than ever, we must galvanize and be the force that advocates for early detection and availability of screening tests. Cancer Schmancer has launched its Early Detection Fran Van program, a partnership with existing cancer screening services to make available free cancer screening tests to uninsured and under-uninsured women. We have proudly partnered with Inner Images, Inc. to provide women in California who have limited access, with life-saving cancer screening tests and will bring our services and message city by city, state by state. Together, through empowerment, education and screening tests, we will ensure that women with cancer are diagnosed in the earliest stages, when it is most curable.

Additionally, we have started WE THE FUTURE, a program for youth to get involved in our mission, because it is never too early to become knowledgeable about cancer and living healthily! At Cancer Schmancer, we believe educating America's youth is the next step in flipping the switch to early detection, and we invite all to learn more and join our mission at

Sometimes the best gifts come in the ugliest packages. Please lock elbows with me and join the Cancer Schmancer Movement so together we can do what needs to be done, so less of us will die prematurely.