Fight For Zero Cancer + Chronic Illness
Our team started noticing areas throughout Florida with a higher number of cancer diagnoses in 2014. That started our journey to collecting self-reported medical information. Fight For Zero's research provides missing data points coming from the people that local, state, and federal agencies cannot or will not gather.
Hundreds of individuals come forward with their concerns across the state of Florida including suspected contamination, environmental pollution, military base-related issues, and concern for their families' health.
Our interactive map allows communities across the state of Florida to share information and for our team to provide data to officials who can help us safeguard our children's health and future.
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.
Were you diagnosed with cancer or an autoimmune disease in Florida and suspect that your illness was due to an environmental factor?
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 and work toward implementing Trevor's Law, epidemiological research, and visuals through mapping and graphics to educate our 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 have to 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 early stages. You can lower the risk of cancer and other diseases by making strategic lifestyle changes or taking measure to reduce your exposure to harmful environmental factors. Our organization knows that prevention and early detection save lives. That's how we are fighting 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 and be careful when sharing personal information. Fight For Zero began these efforts in 2014 and takes confidentiality seriously