The Anal Cancer Foundation is dedicated to empowering anal cancer patients and accelerating prevention and treatment methods that eliminate anal cancer and the virus that causes the majority of cases, HPV. Over 9,000 people will be diagnosed with anal cancer this year and over 36,000 will be diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV.
Specifically, the Anal Cancer Foundation’s mission is to:
- Highlight the relevance of human papillomavirus (HPV) in contracting cancer
- Accelerate a cure for the 5% of all cancers that are caused by HPV, with a focus on anal cancer
- Advocate for prevention methods that will end anal cancer and HPV-related cancers, including gender-neutral vaccination
- Provide support for survivors, caregivers, scientists, and providers connected to anal cancer
ACF’s free Peer-to-Peer Support Program matches anal cancer patients with volunteers who have previously faced the disease and is open to patients at any stage of their journey. Please email [email protected] to link a patient with a peer.
After losing their mother Paulette Isabel Crowther to stage IV HPV-related anal cancer, Justine, Tristan, and Camille Almada founded the Anal Cancer Foundation. When she passed away in 2010, Paulette’s incredible spirit spurred the siblings to prevent HPV from ending someone’s life early again. The Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 in the US as well as a registered charity in the UK.