The South Florida Cancer Association (SFLCA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides cancer-related information and assistance to our underserved communities of South Florida.  Those include but are not limited to Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties.

The SFLCA:

South Florida Cancer Association  disseminates cancer-related educational
      and informational material;

South Florida Cancer Association  promotes public awareness of cancer;

South Florida Cancer Association  provides assistance to those in need of
     cancer screening;

South Florida Cancer Association  affords referrals and support to those
     in need of cancer treatment;

South Florida Cancer Association  assists cancer patients in obtaining reliable
     transportation to and from treatment;

South Florida Cancer Association  aids cancer patients and their families in
     obtaining financial assistance when needed;

South Florida Cancer Association  supports other programs that provide
     services to cancer patients.

To accomplish its goals the SFLCA has either partnered with or provides referrals to hospitals with oncology departments, oncology clinics, radiation oncology centers,local, regional, state, and national cancer organizations and groups as well as other organizations that provide information and assistance to cancer patients and their families (to see a list of these organization click HERE). As part of its operations the SFLCA also administers programs and projects designed to further fulfill the needs of those living within our South Florida communities effected by cancer.

For a listing of the SFLCA's programs see below:

South Florida Cancer Association  Every Woman Counts - disseminates
      information concerning cancers that affect
      women throughout South Florida;
     (A more detailed description of this
     program is provided to the right of your
     screen)


South Florida Cancer Association  Project SCREEN - in collaboration
      with the Miami-Dade County Health
      Department, women in need and who are
      qualified may obtain low or no cost cancer
      screening;
     (A more detailed description of this
     program is provided to the right of your
     screen)


South Florida Cancer Association  Just For Kids! - Good nutrition is one of
      the basic principles of cancer prevention.
      Just For Kids! is a health education
      program that teaches children about the
      importance of diet and exercise resulting
      in decreased obesity and an increase in
      their cardiovascular and physical fitness;

South Florida Cancer Association  Life After Cancer - having survived
      cancer treatment does not bring an end
      to a cancer patient's problems. Surviving
      cancer comes with it its own issues and
      problems many are unaware of. This
      program exists to assist the cancer
      survivor overcome these problems;

South Florida Cancer Association  Lung Cancer Awareness -
      disseminates information concerning lung
      cancer throughout South Florida;

South Florida Cancer Association  Pathways2Healing - is a program that
      places cancer-related information within
      our local communities in the language of
      that community;

South Florida Cancer Association  Protect Our Kids - disseminates
      information concerning cancers that
      affect children throughout South Florida;

South Florida Cancer Association  Time For Healing - provides retreats to
      families affected by cancer;

South Florida Cancer Association  Wheels2Healing - provides efficient,
      cost-effective, and quality transportation
      services for transportationally
      disadvantaged cancer patients.
     (A more detailed description of this
     program is provided to the right of your
     screen)

Cancer is without prejudice. Race, religion, color, culture, or nation of origin. Cancer doesn't care. It is an indiscriminate killer that has no remorse for those it kills or the grief it cause.

At one time 1 in 3 could be expect to be stricken by this taker of life but recent figures now show that 1 in 2 people can anticipate a diagnosis of cancer over the course of their lifetime.

Florida has the second highest rate in the nation of new cancer cases and cancer-related deaths. Our South Florida communities account for over 28% of Florida's new cancer cases and over 27% of the state's cancer-related deaths. And with good cause we believe those percentages to be conservative with the actual numbers being far greater. The South Florida Cancer Association is dedicated to reduce both the rate of new cancer cases and the number of cancer-related deaths within South Florida communities.

Pathways2Healing - South Florida has one of the most diverse multicultural populations in the United States. Unfortunately, it also has one of the highest cancer rates in the nation. In large part this is due to the lack of cancer-related information being made available within the local communities in the language of that community. For example, almost 500,000 of Miami-Dade County's population admit to not speaking English very well or at all.

Florida such as Brazilian Portuguese, English, French, Haitian Creole, and Spanish. Distribution is by placement in high-traffic retail outlets within the local communities and neighborhoods and the information placed is in the language most common to that area. This assures that the those women who live in that community have the information they need in their own language.

Project SCREEN

Project SCREEN - was intiated in the late-90's by the Miami-Dade County Health Department. The Miami-Dade/Monroe county areas have long had a history of having a large population of those economically disadvantaged. Project SCREEN began with the mission of providing women in need of cancer screening the opportunity to obtain low or no cost screening if they qualified. The Initial and Rescreen Target number to be screened since the program's inception is 9,898 women. The actual total has been 14,609. The number of women screened far exceeded the budget for the program.

Approximately 15%-23% of the women screened are found with abnormalities that require follow-ups and of those 7%-10% will need a biopsy and possibly treatment. In order to stay within the budget women who are in need of cancer screening may be delayed or even denied. To forestall this the South Florida Cancer Association has entered into a collaborative agreement with the Miami-Dade County Health Department wherein the SFLCA will pay half the screening costs for 1,000 women. This will enable Project SCREEN to provide cancer screening for women it might otherwise have to turn away. The 150 to 230 women of this 1,000 will go on to obtain their follow-ups and the 70 to 100 women who may most likely be diagnosed with something serious will have the opportunity to obtain treatment earlier than might otherwise have occurred without the early detection.

Every Woman Counts
South Florida Cancer Association's Programs

Every Woman Counts - The South Florida Cancer Association (SFLCA) provides cancer-related information to the women of our South Florida communities addressing those cancers principally effecting women such as breast, cervical, ovarian, and vulvar cancers. Included is who is at risk; how to reduce the risks of being diagnosed with cancer; the warning signs that may presage cancer; where screening may be obtained; explanations of the various types of treatment; and where additional information may be obtained.  Media is published in the various languages prevalent in South

The South Florida Cancer Association would be more than happy to have you join us in our efforts whether it is because you yourself have been touched by cancer, or someone you love or know has been a victim, or just because you want to give someone else a better chance at life.
Pathways2Healing

If you would like to support the Every Woman Counts program by donation please click the "Donate" button to the right. If you would prefer to forward a donation by mail our address is located on the "Contact us" page.

If you would like to support the Project SCREEN program by donation please click the "Donate" button to the right. If you would prefer to forward a donation by mail our address is located on the "Contact us" page.

Wheels2Healing - Lack of transportation is one of the biggest challenges faced bycancer patients. Often the patient is without transportation or is too sick to drive. Having cancer is hard, obtaining treatment shouldn’t be.

The SFLCA seeks provide reliable, efficient, cost-effective, and quality transportation services for transportation disadvantaged cancer patients. To ensure the success of the program, the SFLCA is a member of the Lifeline Transportation Coalition. (LTC)

Pathways2Healing is designed to directly address this deficiency. The SFLCA has contracted with a national distribution company that provides rack-space within high-traffic retail outlets in the local South Florida communities. Further, the SFLCA has contracted with language specialists to translate cancer-related material in the languages most common to the South Florida communities. (English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, French, and Brazilian Portuguese)

Cancer-related information concerning subjects such as but not limited to Breast Cancer, Cancer Symptoms, Cancer Treatment, Cervical Cancer, Childhood Cancers, Colon Cancer, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Prostate Cancer, Risk Reduction, Survivorship, and Skin Cancer under this program is available to those who need it, in the community they live in, in the language they speak. PathWays2Healing educates the public concerning cancer, promotes cancer awareness, provides information about local resources for those with cancer-related questions or issues, and where they may obtain additional information about where they may obtain cancer screening and treatment.

From September 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008, the LTC provided 465 patients 7,325 services.

If you would like to support the PathWays2Healing program by donation please click the "Donate" button to the right. If you would prefer to forward a donation by mail our address is located on the "Contact us" page.

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