STUDIO CITY (CBSLA.com) — We loved actress Fran Drescher in “The Nanny” and now we’re loving what she’s doing to help the nation’s fight against cancer.
Drescher will host the Women’s Health Summit, an all-day event for women and men who want to take charge of their health, their bodies and their environment. It’s happening on Oct. 13 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, and is sponsored by USC’s Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Hadassah and Yes! by Finishing Touch.
Event and ticket info available here.
The former star of “Happily Divorced” will be leading a talk on how to detoxify the home: “Over 90 percent of most of our problems are environmentally stimulated, and it turns out the home is the most toxic place to spend the most time in.”
“What I want to do is transform patients into medical consumers,” Drescher told CBS2 Monday morning. “Whoever comes on that day is going to hear the most interesting, cutting-edge and innovate ideas on how you and your family can stay healthy, reduce your risk of cancer, as well as a host of other diseases that plague us.”
She says women will walk away with advice you may not hear from your doctor, which tests are available that may not be on the menu at your physician’s office and early warning signs.
This year, the summit’s organizers are honoring Sen. Barbara Boxer, and Rosie O’Donnell, for opening up about her heart attack in an HBO special to get more people talking about heart disease.
A 15-year survivor of uterine cancer, Drescher started the Cancer Schmancer movement to shift the nation’s focus from just searching for a cure to prevention and early detection. The organization is also working on a carcinogen-free label initiative, a bi-partisan bill to give consumers the power to make healthier choices. They believe that purchasing power, in turn, will influence companies to make healthier products.