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Our History

Our History

Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been providing medical support to underrepresented patient groups in Cali, Colombia since 2006. Through partnerships with various organizations both in U.S. and Colombia, PFCCAP has set an ambitious goal to build the health system capacity and promote early preventive measures to reduce the burden of breast and cervical cancer mortality.

We believe that early detection can save lives; with the right quality control measures in place, we believe that Cali's health system can rise to meet the needs of all patients, regardless of their financial resources. Our vision is to not only change the lives of women with breast and cervical cancer, but to impact the whole community in which they live. We are confident that many of these cancers and related conditions may be avoided with proper education and mechanisms for early detection and high quality care.

Currently, we provide access to breast and cervical cancer screening and are partnering San Juan de Dios hospital in Colombia, Cali's local government, and other local NGO's in efforts to implement a sustainable partnership (what is the goal of the partnership?)Mention HIPEC, app, teleconferences, quality control study, HPV vaccinations.

To date, the organization has helped over 35,000 patients in only seven years, and performed more than 2,300 surgical procedures.

The proper prevention, early diagnosis, and appropriate treatment of cancer save lives. (Add pic below)

PFCCAP Through the Years

Our Impact

Our program is considered the example of quality breast care in the Cali, Colombia region by the secretary of health in the subsidized medical system, and for that reason, our program is being expanded (both within Cali and internationally) to other areas of the city. The health minister of Cali has now approved the purchase of stereotactic mammography equipment for the program due to the high performance of our program.

 

With the support we have received from partners such as The Conquer Cancer Foundation, the American Cancer Foundation, Susan G Komen, and our gracious donors, we have accomplished many impactful and life-changing achievements in Colombia including:

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Breast and cervical cancer continue to be a cause of high mortality for women in the United States and around the world. The social and economic impact of deaths is high. PFCCAP believes that prevention and early detection of cancer SAVES LIVES.

 

The participation of the government, insurance companies, the Health care industry, and private enterprises is key if we are going to make a difference.

 

PFCCAP has worked towards the unification of the health system, improving access to early diagnosis and ensuring continuity of treatment of breast and cervical cancers. We aim to strengthen the local health centers and provide the best cancer care for patients and their families.

 

The ongoing support provided throughout the years by Southwest Airlines has greatly contributed to making a difference. The collaboration of all is the key to making it happen.  

HPV Vaccination Program

Mobile App for Preventive Health Education

High-Quality, Self-Sustainable Health Clinic

Teleconferences for Medical Professionals

Breast Prosthesis and Wig Donation Program

Our Impact

Our program is considered the example of quality breast care in the Cali, Colombia region by the secretary of health in the subsidized medical system, and for that reason, our program is being expanded (both within Cali and internationally) to other areas of the city. The health minister of Cali has now approved the purchase of stereotactic mammography equipment for the program due to the high performance of our program.

 

With the support we have received from partners such as The Conquer Cancer Foundation, the American Cancer Foundation, Susan G Komen, and our gracious donors, we have accomplished many impactful and life-changing achievements in Colombia including:

  1. High-quality, self-sustainable health clinic 

  2. Patient navigation program 

  3. An education-based HPV vaccination program 

  4. A functional mobile APP (AMATE: Cuida tu Salud - Love Yourself: Take care of your health)

  5. Wrote a manual of procedures for how to create a self-sustainable and easily accessible breast center 

  6. Regular teleconferences for the continued education of medical professionals. 

  7. breast prosthesis and wig donation program 

  8. Collaboration with two industries for the education and early diagnosis of their employees

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Before 2021, 70% of breast cancer diagnoses were advanced stages.

 to 90% being early stage cancers.

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Published Journal Articles

Overcoming Barriers in the Implementation of Programs for Breast and Cervical Cancers in Cali, Colombia: A Pilot Model

This article discusses PFCCAP's pilot program in Cali, Colombia that aimed to overcome barriers to the implementation of breast and cervical cancer screening and treatment programs. The program involved collaboration between healthcare providers and community-based organizations, as well as the use of innovative strategies such as mobile mammography and telemedicine. The pilot program was successful in increasing screening rates and providing timely treatment to those in need, and it offers a model that could be replicated in other regions facing similar challenges. The authors highlight the importance of addressing barriers such as cultural beliefs, limited access to healthcare, and lack of awareness, and they stress the need for continued efforts to improve cancer care in underserved communities.

Overcoming Barriers in the Implementation of Programs for Breast and Cervical Cancers in Cali, Colombia: A Pilot Model

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