Fran Drescher & Mission Cancer Schmancer

Fran Drescher, the two-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee who has been a beloved household name for decades due to her role as Fran Fine on “The Nanny,” will host her Master Class Health Summit for the first time on the East Coast at The Ross School on July 29. Proceeds from the summit benefit her nonprofit organization Cancer Schmancer.

The summit’s focus this year is on why chronic disease is a modern-day epidemic. The event brings together renowned doctors and medical experts from across the globe who work on the cutting-edge of wellness in areas as diverse as cancer, Lyme disease, and holistic medicine. Experts include Kristine Gedroic, Dr. Gerry Curatola, and Antonio Jimenez, among other special guests. 

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“Let’s not get cancer in the first place. How’s that for a cure?” said Drescher. “I began thinking early detection was the most important thing. Catch it on arrival, 95 percent survival.”

Where medicine has traditionally treated symptoms after a person gets sick, Drescher and her guests explore the root causes of illness such as lifestyle and toxic exposure and provide strategies to eliminate and reduce them. 

The Cancer Schmancer Movement is a three-pronged organization dedicated to prevention, early detection, and policy change. It all started when Drescher wrote the bestselling book, “Cancer Schmancer.”

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“In it I shared my story to help others with things I learned the hard way,” she said. A uterine cancer survivor, Drescher started Cancer Schmancer to shift the nation’s focus from just searching for a cure to helping people reduce their risk of getting cancer in the first place. It was on the book tour that she realized the book was only the beginning of what would become her life’s mission. 

By leveraging her fame, she was able to empower people to take control of their health. “How you live equals how you feel,” she said.

“Reducing your risk of disease depends entirely on how toxic and carcinogen free your life is,” she said. “As a survivor and a thriver for 23 years now, I have turned my pain into purpose, and lemons into lemonade, with Cancer Schmancer and our commitment to educate, motivate, and activate people into taking control of their bodies.”

The summit will offer an uplifting day where guests leave with a game plan to improve their health and the health of their family. It started with her event in Los Angeles, which she is now bringing to the Hamptons for the first time after much urging by members and supporters, including Hamptons residents Evan Sachs and medical advisory board member Dr. Gerry Curatola.

Of her upcoming trip to the East End, Drescher said, “I’ve been visiting this beautiful part of New York since the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, actually worked in the shop!”

“I am long overdue to return and very much looking forward to bringing my passion and life’s mission Cancer Schmancer and our health summit program to the beautiful Hamptons,” she continued. 

Fran’s role on “The Nanny” was beloved by many, and the show will mark its 30th year anniversary this year. Since its premiere in 1993, “The Nanny” has never been off the air, the reruns in continuous rotation on different channels worldwide.  “From day one we knew we caught lightening in a bottle. And for a kid from Queens to succeed in such a difficult industry is so rare that I have nothing but gratitude,” said Drescher.

“The best thing about ‘The Nanny’ is the doors it opens for me to be able to speak on the issues that matter most to me like Cancer Schmancer’s Detox Your Home program,” she said.


Jessica Mackin-Cipro


Jessica Mackin-Cipro is an editor and writer from the East End of Long Island. She has won numerous NYPA and PCLI awards for journalism and social media. She was previously the Executive Editor of The Independent Newspaper.

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