Guest Author - Lorna London Sloukji
Leave it to this incredible woman to launch a female-oriented foundation called the Cancer Schmancer Movement, focusing on women’s health, and celebrate its one-year inception with a fabulous party. Who are we talking about?
She’s the one with the distinct voice. The sexiest nanny with the biggest hair—she’s Fran Drescher and she means business. Off-screen, this television star battled with a deadly health condition for almost a decade—uterine cancer.
“After seeing eight doctors trying to get a diagnosis for my symptoms, my doctor finally told me, ‘you have adenocarcinoma.’ When she told me that was uterine cancer, I burst into tears. I was devastated.”
According to Dr. Karl Podratz, the Atkins professor of surgery at the Mayo Clinic, endometrial cancer is the most common form of cancer of the female reproductive system, affecting an estimated 39,000 American women per year. Out of the approximate 39,000 diagnosed cases, about 6,000 cases will be fatal.
Ever the proactive lady, Drescher decided to write a book chronicling her experience with uterine cancer and how she beat it. The book is called Cancer Schmancer and is available in bookstores.
Drescher also realized that women need to be educated about cancer in order to detect signs early on in their stages, which inspired her to establish the Cancer Schmancer Movement. The vision of the Cancer Schmancer Movement focuses on ensuring all women with cancer are diagnosed in Stage 1, at a time where they have the best chance of curing it.
The Cancer Schmancer Movement concentrates its efforts into improving women’s healthcare through education and proactive measures.
We all know that Ms. Drescher is a woman of good humour, so the name “cancer schmancer” should come as little surprise to the public. However, Drescher reinforces that she does not take cancer lightly.
“When I say ‘cancer schmancer’, it’s not to pretend that cancer isn’t serious or deadly; believe me, I know firsthand that it is. ‘Cancer schmancer’ means that cancer is not the boss of me!”
That’s the whole essence of the Cancer Schmancer movement—an organization that aims to equip women with information they need to foster better relationships with their doctors, communicating their needs in a more articulate manner.
The Cancer Schmancer Movement website serves as an educational resource and social networking tool, complete with blogs from Fran herself, a donation link, membership, and worthwhile news articles.
For its one-year anniversary, the Cancer Schmancer Movement is holding a “frantastic” afternoon to celebrate women, health, and wellness. The California-based event boasts food, drinks, and even celebrity guests.
For more on the Cancer Schmancer Movement, please visit