Make an Impact in the Lives of Florida Breast Cancer Patients
Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF) works statewide to raise awareness and mobilize Floridians to ensure sufficient public funding for breast cancer research, and quality health care for all without fear of discrimination and an environment free of carcinogens.
One of the most effective tools we have in the fight against breast cancer is public policy advocacy. To accomplish our mission, we work alongside other local nonprofits to change public policy and legislation to ensure no harmful laws are passed.
We have made great strides, but much more needs to be done, especially here in Florida. We invite you to join us in our mission today as we work to end the suffering caused by breast cancer. Your voice matters--let's make sure it's heard!
What does it mean to be an FBCF ADVOCATE?
- To be an FBCF advocate is to speak out on behalf of a cause in which you believe--we at the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation want to end the suffering caused by breast cancer.
- We educate ourselves about breast cancer, its causes and potential cures, and by keeping up with latest diagnostic and treatment options.
- We speak out by actively discussing our own cases with our physicians and caregivers.
- We make our voices heard by informing others about breast cancer and by calling, writing, and educating our legislators about important issues in women's heatlh.
An estimated 20,160 Florida women will diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 3,000 will die from this disease in 2021.
Breast cancer is a political issue. Laws regulate and support access to care and health care systems. Third-party payors are subject to state and federal regulations. In fact, every aspect of breast cancer is touched by public policy. WE NEED YOUR HELP.
The Florida Legislature has provided level-funding for the Mary Brogan Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program in the 2021-2022 budget. Every year, the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation’s (FBCF) Advocacy Committee pushes diligently to protect or expand funding for this critical program. Our committee of breast cancer advocates worked persistently during its FBCF Virtual Advocacy Days in January to ensure legislators were aware of the impact that funding cuts for this program would have on Floridian women with breast cancer--delayed screenings lead to late-stage diagnoses, and delayed care leads to more challenges in treatments and sometimes less favorable health outcomes.
The program, also known as the BCCEDP, is a federal-state partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Florida Department of Health and provides life-saving breast cancer screening and diagnostic services to uninsured and underinsured women. In Florida, more than 1 million uninsured women will continue to struggle without access to affordable health coverage. Ensuring the viability of this program helps approximately 15,000 women annually gain access to the mammograms and care they would not otherwise be able to afford.
We give our sincere thanks to Senate President Wilton Simpson, House Speaker Chris Sprowls, Speaker Pro Tempore Bryan Avila, Senator Kelli Stargel, Senator Aaron Bean, and Representative Jay Trumbull for their support on this matter that will positively impact many women in Florida.
We also thank our steadfast team of FBCF advocates for their commitment, passion, and drive to helping us ensure ALL women have access to screenings and care, no matter their income or where they live.
Advocacy Alert Network - We need your voices!
The goal of this alert network is to voice our concerns regarding legislation related to breast cancer funding, breast cancer research, and access to treatment and insurance coverage issues that might affect breast cancer patients and survivors.
We understand that some of you may be new to advocacy so we will be providing training, support, and briefings on the best way to speak with legislators as well as what to say.
We also know your time is valuable, so there will be NO committee meetings, but possible conference calls to get the group up to speed when necessary. There WILL BE email action alerts, asking you to contact appropriate legislators when important legislation is at a critical point in the legislative process. Mainly, we ask that you join us as ambassadors in the quest to end breast cancer. If you know others who would like to join this network, please let us know and we will invite them to join us.
As part of this network you will receive updates on important breast cancer legislative initiatives that will enable you to contact your legislators in time for your opinion to be heard.
Together, we can make a difference!