DO YOU SUSPECT THAT YOUR ILLNESS WAS DUE TO AN ENVIRONMENTAL FACTOR IN THE SUNSHINE STATE?
Our mission is to help families across the state of Florida affected by cancer or chronic illness. One of the ways we do this is by collecting self-reported medical information. We then map the illnesses in our registry which assists in identifying pollution in our communities.
CROWDSOURCING DISEASE CASES IN FLORIDA
Fight For Zero began crowdsourcing health information in 2014. This data is crucial in helping communities in environmental studies and independent testing. This information collection helped get Brevard and Manatee County cancer assessments done through the Florida Department of Health. We collaborate with other organizations nationally, such as Trevor's Trek Foundation and the Brockovich health book, aid in epidemiological research, and use mapping and graphics to educate our communities and representatives.
Did you know that if you are diagnosed with cancer, your information is automatically put into a national cancer registry in the state you were diagnosed with? It's called the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER Program). There is also a mandated population-based, statewide cancer registry in Florida called the Florida Cancer Data System (FCDS). The issue with these registries is that many cancer clusters are missed, like The Acreage in Florida. Communities must advocate for studies and investigations into abnormal rates of disease in their neighborhood.
Cancer and exposure to toxic substances in the environment are difficult to connect because a "latency period" takes 15-20 years after your environmental exposure before you're diagnosed. This data is important in helping us connect the dots.
By bringing awareness to the exposure of cancer-causing chemicals, people can take steps to get health screenings and detect diseases in their early stages. You can lower the risk of cancer and other diseases by making strategic lifestyle changes or taking measures to reduce exposure to harmful environmental factors. Our organization knows that prevention and early detection save lives. That's how we fight for zero cancer and disease in communities across Florida.
Please note that Fight For Zero is not affiliated, associated, or connected with any other organization, online group, or government agency. Be cautious of other groups claiming to collect health information for the same purposes as our organization. Please confirm that other groups are legally registered. Fight For Zero began these efforts in 2014 and takes confidentiality seriously. When our data is presented we do not share identifying information and will always contact you directly for permission to do so. Our families were also diagnosed with life-altering diseases and we understand the importance of privacy. Thank you for taking part in helping us fight for a toxic-free future.