The health problems in the United States are just trivial when compared to the total picture of what our country is facing today. Yet, these problems, which affect a significant number of people, need to be given an ample attention so as to at least alleviate the statistics. Cancer is one of the deadly illnesses that claim hundreds of thousands of lives annually in the U.S. alone. According to the American Cancer Society, 300,430 men and 271, 520 women have died of cancer in 2011. Presently, there are 822,300 men and 774,370 women who are documented to have cancer in the U.S. Although there is a reported decline of cancer cases and deaths since 2003, it does mean that efforts to restrain more of the vulnerable population should diminish as well. Indeed, there is a drop in cancer death rates and we are hoping that it would still go down. This is more reason to encourage us to help with programs and events to educate and inform the public about cancer and how to avoid being at risk and how to recognize symptoms for an early detection and treatment. Along with the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the American Cancer Society wishes to present to you a proposal on how to be a part of the initiatives on cancer awareness, research and treatments.
Among problems that slow down the detection and treatment of cancer are the claims written and reported by health professionals. While some of the statements cannot easily be affirmed or refuted scientifically, others can easily be analyzed using intensive and comprehensive research. To achieve a satisfactory level of accurate information about cancer (its causes, interventions, treatments and related fields), there is a need to educate the public more extensively.
Some of the fund raising proposal’s goals and objectives
Goal 1: To provide more education on cancer and related risks and identify the population of who are at risk for certain kinds of cancers.
Objective 1: For a period of fifteen months, health fairs, cancer screenings, and lectures about cancer causes, interventions and treatments will be given to at least two major cities in every state.
Goal 2: To create activities aimed at deterring the risks for certain cancers.
Objective 2: In the next fifteen months, a range of exercise programs and healthy food fairs will be staged to cater to about 1,000 people in every state.
Goal 3: To assist people in developing personal programs and plans to live a healthy lifestyle in order to lessen the risk of certain cancers.
Objective 3: In 15 months, volunteers and outreach resource personnel will serve in education programs to bring forth accurate information about causes, interventions, and treatment of certain cancers.
In order to provide a solution to the problem aforementioned, a proposed intensive education drive about specific cancers and their causes, interventions, and treatments will be effective to strengthen some cancer claims, clarify others, and negate those that are proven to be unsupported by medical and clinical evidences.
Health Fair and Screenings
The American Cancer Society will host health fairs in the span of fifteen months where medical specialists from different cancer associations and groups will speak about certain cancers, highlighting on the causes, interventions and treatments. Screenings for common cancers like breast cancer, lung cancer, bone cancer, and leukemia are included in these fairs.
Exercise and Nutrition Programs
The American Cancer Society will sponsor programs where exercise instructors will conduct classes for target populations. Some lectures and lessons will be conducted by nutritionists and dieticians to show the participants the importance of proper exercising and healthy foods to ward off the possibility of developing cancer.
Volunteers will collaborate with professional health workers in serving in the health fairs, lectures, seminars, and information drives about cancer in designated areas and schedules. In the conducting project, participants will explain and discuss screening test results, conduct counselling and give professional advices for individuals who show signs of being at risk with certain cancers.
The cost for the entire proposal is $ 1,000,000. The activities enumerated in the proposal will run for fifteen months and incur professionals’ fees, travel expenses, exercise equipment, food allowances, and materials to be used in the education drive, nutrition packages, and other miscellaneous expenses. This approximation of the cost can increase and will be determined after the scheduled activities will have run for eight months. The American Cancer Society will tap volunteers and will accept donations from individuals and businesses. Fund raising activities will also be staged to add to the financial source.
This proposal intends to solve the problem of several misconceptions about cancer causes and cures. In relation to this objective, it is the aim of this proposal to lend a support to other related cancer claims. To illustrate an example, one cancer claim states that cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Nims (1994) talks about how Exercising daily and deep breathing would help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells. The use of oxygen therapy utilizes more than one chemical that allegedly produces oxygen when inside the body. Eyre et al (2002) state that the extra amount of oxygen is believed to heighten the ability of the human body to fight cells, which cause illnesses and diseases. Two of these compounds are ozone and hydrogen peroxide. This kind of oxygen treatment is not the same with the use of oxygen as a means to assist in breathing. However, there is no scientific evidence that support this claim: inducing oxygen-producing chemicals into the body could treat cancer. One proposed activity is to give informed lectures by medical specialists to support or negate this particular cancer claim.
This proposal is feasible since it is timely and necessary (Hall et al 143). Many people who are diagnosed with cancer would do everything to be treated and cured. The activities and programs spelled out in this proposal will help this population know better what to do and understand the processes and procedures they need to undertake.
There will be some individuals or groups who may argue about the viability and effectiveness of the details of this proposal. Myers (1986 62) writes that there are always people who have some preconceived views about cancer and they can be another target group to benefit from these programs. Over-all, the points detailed in this proposal are designed to address some concerns expressed by the general medical practitioners with regards to cancer detection, intervention, and treatment, as well as support the American Cancer Society in its mission-vision to identify at-risk individuals and provide the needed help through programs, initiatives, activities and knowledge.