Cancer society launches Farmers Against Cancer program

American Cancer Society FAC

The American Cancer Society Iowa Area Board launched the new Farmers Against Cancer (FAC) program to raise awareness for farmers facing cancer. The program also focuses on raising funds and creating corporate partnerships to help combat cancer through advocacy, research and patient support.

“We want to combat cancer and help Iowans access the screenings and treatments they need to prevent, detect, treat and survive cancer,” said Britt Von Roden, Iowa Area Board member and FAC creator. “When I began thinking about how we could make a difference I immediately thought of the farmers who help this state thrive. I knew we had to rally around this small but mighty community, and I’m inspired thinking about the positive impact we can have collectively on a disease that affects so many.”

Iowa ranks second in most cancer incidence rates following only Kentucky according to the 2024 Cancer in Iowa report from the Iowa Cancer Registry. In particular skin melanoma, often due to excessive sun exposure, will account for 6.8 percent of new cancers among Iowa residents.

With FAC, three pillars of participation are possible: Funding (F), Awareness (A) and Corporate Partnerships (C) – a great tie-in to the Farmers Against Cancer (FAC) name.

For farmers in rural areas with cancer, getting to necessary appointments for treatment can be a big challenge. The American Cancer Society has programs in place to help people access treatment.

FAC is also teaming up with Raygun for a line of clothing and other items to raise funds for the program. Click HERE to see the merchandise available.

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